Parenting

Kitchen Kids: Lemon Cheesecake Pie

Kitchen Kids: Lemon Cheesecake Pie

I am a firm believer that kids need to know their way around a kitchen, not only because it’s a necessary life skill, but also because it helps them to feel capable and that they can accomplish Things of Awesome. This dessert—Lemon Cheesecake Pie—is a […]

How to Set Up an Extra Chores Extra Cash System for Your Kids

How to Set Up an Extra Chores Extra Cash System for Your Kids

Sometimes knowing how to handle allowances with kids is a struggle. There can be disagreement about kids helping out with work simply because they are part of the family versus paying kids to do things (because you realize as an adult, you can do it […]

Why I Pay My Kids An Allowance To Do Chores

Why I Pay My Kids An Allowance To Do Chores

  Whether or not to pay kids an allowance is one of those parenting things that generally puts people on one side of a fence or the other. And trust me, I’ve seen both sides of the fence. I mean, it wasn’t so long ago […]

Best Lunch Ever: Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly

Best Lunch Ever: Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly

You all. I have to tell you about this awesome lunch that I grew up on. My mom first heard about it from our crazy sweet hairdresser, Jan. I have great memories of Jan, not only because she turned us on to this amazing lunch, […]

Dear Mom: Stop Trying So Hard

Dear Mom: Stop Trying So Hard

I’m the kind of mom who spends a lot of time in the kitchen. I love the kitchen. Give me a day to cook and bake from scratch and I’ll give you…well, a whole lot of yummy food. I love to bake bread. I love […]

It’s A Date: The Importance of One-On-One Time With Your Kids

It’s A Date: The Importance of One-On-One Time With Your Kids

I know. You’re a homeschooling mom and you spend a ton of time with your kids. So why in the world would you need to take one of your kids out on a special date? I’ll tell you why. 😉 It makes them feel special. […]

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

I used to think that mom guilt would go away as my kids got older. I used to think that as my kids got more able and independent, the things for me to feel guilty about would lessen. Y’all? So. Not. True. So what’s my […]

Let’s Be Real: Five Things Every Mom Needs To Understand

Let’s Be Real: Five Things Every Mom Needs To Understand

The journey of motherhood can be daunting. Overwhelming, even. I thought about writing a post that was roses and sunshine and sweetly inspiring about how to overcome the stress of motherhood…but sometimes it’s not a roses and sunshine kind of day. Sometimes it’s a dandelions-in-a-Styrofoam-cup-that-got-knocked-over-by-the-cat […]

Why You Are Not a Bad Parent

Why You Are Not a Bad Parent

I am a mother. And I am tired. I’m tired of telling my sons to aim when they use the bathroom. I’m tired of sitting down on a wet toilet seat. I’m tired to of telling them to be quiet when Dad is sleeping. I’m […]

How Our Kids Really See Us

How Our Kids Really See Us

A few years back, while my then nine-year-old son and I were scrolling through Facebook together, he saw a new profile picture I’d uploaded. He asked, “Who is that?” I responded, “Um…. it’s me.” “Well,” he said, quite matter-of-factly, “I don’t like that picture.” “You […]