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As the days get shorter and summer starts to slowly come to an end, it can feel like the school bus will be coming around the corner to pick your child up any minute now. Luckily, there are still a few weeks left until school begins, but with the beginning of school comes the beginning of other opportunities as...
Moms need practical tips for getting their kids to eat their veggies. Like real tips that work and well are honest, even if they're tricky. After all, veggies are good for you. Everyone knows this.  As my kids get older, it is becoming a challenge to get them to eat new foods, especially their vegetables. They have the fruits...
The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for fruit juice consumption in children in late May. Previous guidelines stated that juice should not be offered to any infant under six months old. Now, guidelines advise against juice consumption for any child under the age of one. Dr. Steven A. Abrams, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Dell...
Teaching Children to Eat Healthy On-The-Go #MomLesson
I read an article online the other night, as I do most nights. You know, after scrolling through Facebook because a fellow friend liked an article because it was so amazing and then I go down the rabbit hole. (Tell me you have done this!)  It was probably 2 am and I was suffering from another bout of insomnia...
8 tips to help children who struggle with paying attention in school and sitting still.
Today a friend messaged me on Facebook asking for advice. Their young child was having issues sitting still and concentrating in class. Testing was a particular issue. I can relate because my daughter also has issues with this. She gets fidgety, as many children do and then cannot concentrate. I think many parents can relate to this. As a former...
Books and Tips to Help Children Cope with Worry & Anxiety
It’s common for children to worry. At least from my experience, it is. Some children like some adults, worry more than others do. What causes the worry is different for each child, just as it is for you and me. We are all very different in how things affect us and how we let the worry eat at us....
As a past preschool teacher I always LOVED teaching the children about  Earth Day. It was so much fun celebrating this special day with a week long theme. It was fun to have the children make recycled craft projects, pick trash up in a local park, visit the recycling station and experiment with natural products like baking soda and...
Girl Scout Activity Ideas for Spring and Summer
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I've been doing some research on activities I can do with my Daisy and Brownie troop this week. Our focus for an upcoming meeting will be Mother’s Day and the girls will be making gifts and sharing what they love about their mom. I’ve found so many adorable ideas on Pinterest...
Work From Home Parents on How to Survive a Snow Day
All children dream of having a snow day. A day where they wake up and white stuff blankets the ground. A day where they can stay in the pajamas, go sledding and watch television. Some children even go so far as to put spoons under their pillow, wear their pj’s inside out and do a snow dance (among other...
Lately, I've been reflecting on "change" and just how hard it can be for some to accept but also how hard it is when you are the person making the changes or asking for changes that others do not want to accept.  These five quotes from the Quote Garden,  make me think about the change I have gone through...
Most children resist bedtime. They fight it with everything they have making excuses for needing a glass of water, seeing a shadow, hearing a noise, having a tummy ache, needing to use the bathroom and the millions of other countless excuses to NOT sleep. I commonly hear: “Mom, I’m not tired!” OR “Mom, I don’t want to go to bed, 10 more...
Making your own baby food can be easy, despite the stereotype image that home-made baby food is for the mothers who have a lot of spare time and make everything from scratch. Making your own baby food is actually very easy, does not take much time and can be more convenient than buying the jarred stuff. My half-sister just...
Healthy and Easy Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for Kids (mom too!)
Back to school time means the alarm will be going off much earlier than we’re used to during the summer.  It means hurried mornings and tired children. Tired mom too! To make the back to school transition a little easier, I’m planning ahead. I’m preparing for strong coffee, blurry eyed children and bed head. I’m gathering new ideas for...
Giving our kids freedom to be independent and explore their surroundings without fear. How old is old enough to let your child walk alone to school or to a friends house? How about stay home alone?
I was five years old and walking to the corner market to buy milk, bread and eggs. It was roughly two blocks and I’d cut behind an apartment complex, through my grandparent’s lawn and be at the store. This little store doesn’t exist in my hometown anymore but the building does and when I drive by it, I remember...
What did you feed your baby when they started eating solids We loved YoBaby yogurt! YoBaby is turning 16 and I’m hosting a giveaway! # #StonyfieldBlogger
Oh I love babies. I’m not really an infant person but when my little ones were sitting up, eating food and making all those adorable baby sounds and cute faces, reaching for mama…oh melt my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I love infants and rocking them but it’s a tough stage. My favorite stage of motherhood was when my...
Creating a parenting plan for 2015 ! #Motherhood #Parenting
Parenting is tough. I talked about this yesterday and shared how I interviewed myself and did some parenting self-reflection. Oh boy, it was an insightful day but one I’m so proud I did. I shed some tears and then blew my nose, put on some new mascara and made a plan. Hint: Get your own version of my free parenting...
Parenting Self-Reflection Interview Questions and Free Printable #motherhood #parenting
Parenting is tough. It’s joyful, rewarding, amazing and all sorts of other wonderful things but it’s also really, really hard.  Childbirth was easy in comparison to actually being a parent and living the day-to-day challenges. There are far more good days than bad days and more rewards then not but some days are challenging. When I was teaching before...
How to Enjoy Summertime With Your Kids #summer #parenting
My house is so quiet and calm. I’m sure I have something to do. Something to clean, fold or scrub. There’s a drawer to organize, a cobweb to dust and a dish to put away. I’m sure there’s a bill to pay, a plant to water and plenty of files to file. There’s always something to do. Instead I’m...
I’m a mom. I work from home. I teach 3rd grade. I run a blog and part-time consulting business. I have a husband. I have friends and family I like to stay in touch with. I like to read. I even enjoy going on walks, exercising and taking care of myself. The later doesn’t happen so often. You know...
My kids were supposed to start school today and last night I was prepared and began prepping their lunches for the week. Too bad it’s a snow day here because of the fridge temperatures and wind chills. Oh, well I am prepared for the rest of the week! One of the things I started to do was brainstorm ways...

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