When Did Everyone Get So Sensitive About Halloween?

HalloweenSpecialNeedsMeme

I consider myself a person who finds many things annoying. I have rules for driving and expectations for how people will conduct themselves at an ATM when we used those quaint machines. I’m not even an official curmudgeon although I look forward to my initiation in a few years. However, even my grumpy self finds […]

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words- Only If You Listen For The Story

Playground on iPad

My daughter woke up early, spent nearly 7 hours at school, and an additional hour afterwards in gymnastics. She was tired, but after we dropped off her brother at his gymnastics class, we walked to the nearby playground. For 20 minutes, we ran around, but even I felt spacey between reaching the end of the week […]

Best Television Shows For Kids And Their Parents

Peep and The Big Wide World

It’s true! My kids watch TV sometimes, and I like television, too! However, some of the TV shows my kids have fallen in love with over the years (and by TV, I mean Netflix although I’ve heard they’re on cable, too) are terrible. The good news is when my kids insist on those shows, I […]

Where Did My Childhood Dreams Go?

childhood dreams

“I’m going to be the President of the United States.” “I’m going to the moon.” “I’m going to play for the New York Giants.” When we’re young, we have infinite futures. Three-year-olds, who are good at golf, don’t all grow up to be Tiger Woods, but the boy with the crazy name grew up to […]

Things I Learned to Apologize For in the Carpool Line

Car Pool Door Handle

On the one hand, carpool should really appeal to me. It gives me almost no social interaction except with those I’ve allowed into my car and has many well-inforced rules so I’m not the only one getting mad at people who drive cars. However, I mostly spend those 15 minutes apologizing, and you might, too: […]

I Think I Won That Argument

Ash and Pikachu from the Pokemon wiki (http://pokemon.wikia.com/wiki/Ash_Ketchum?file=Ash_Pikachu_Taillow.jpg)

I don’t try to solve all my kids problems, but I am occasionally brought in to referee. I often give a word of encouragement to speak up or a suggestion to practice taking things a little less personally, high-five myself, and move on to the sounds of laughter and fun and parental satisfaction. However, this […]

Welcome To MAMA CAMP

Mama camp

My kids spend a lot of time together with me as their fearless leader because they are only 2.5 years apart and get along, but this summer, I was able to arrange their camp schedules so each could attend a week of the greatest camp ever: MAMA CAMP. MAMA CAMP is when one sibling goes […]

The Going Rates for Babysitters in RVA

Babysitting Rates

With the summer upon us, parents everywhere are asking: What are the going rates for babysitters? Based on my years of research, rates vary based on experience, number of children, date, and where you live. In general, a babysitter with some experience (older teen/early twenties) watching one child on a non-holiday is $10 per hour in […]

Damn It’s Hot: Activities From My Home To Yours

Richmond Virginia Weather

Since I was so helpful with rainy day activities, I decided to write up my DAMN, IT’S HOT activities especially as the school year comes to an end. Get a sprinkler: Not only can you multitask by keeping both your plants and children from withering away, you get an extra five minutes to yourself by yelling […]

The Value of Doing Nothing

Eeyore and the value of doing nothing

I went shopping the other day, and like any good gift-buying mission, I came home with a little something for myself. For most of my years, I have been terrible at doing nothing. When I saw an hour in my schedule, I thought: How can I fill that time? What must get done? Who can do it […]