Category: Cherish My Children

Back To School Help: Teaching Kids Time-management Techniques

In the late 1990s, during my high school days, I lived and died by my Franklin Covey planner. It kept track of every homework assignment, shift at work and to-do item. I relied on that zip-around-organized-bundle-of-goodness so much that during my senior year, my friends thought it would be funny to steal it from me. They watched me walk around clueless, unsure of my next move for an entire week. And then finally one night, they surprised me with it. It was so funny (insert sarcasm). When I saw that beautiful mahogany faux-leather case again, I dropped to the...

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Fighting Bullies Through Kindness in our Home

My sweet little kindergartner was coloring at the bar while I was cooking. It was a rare moment of peace during the pre-dinner rush. He must have been deep in thought while he worked to keep the crayon inside the lines. Through the sound of sizzling hamburger I heard him say of the blue, “I don’t respect Donald Trump.” It’s a bit of a shock when we see the world around us through the eyes (or mouth) of our children. Usually, it has us squirming a bit in our skin because what they say or do mirrors what we...

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Simple Questions To Help You Eliminate Your Guilty Thoughts

I asked a vulnerable question on Facebook and was surprised by how honest the answers were — and how many answers came in so quickly. Each time my phone buzzed, I double-tapped and swiped left to read the newest post notification. “I feel guilty when I nap while my daughter naps instead of cleaning the house.” “I feel guilty when I make my kids cry after using my angry mom voice.” “I feel guilty when I daydream about being anywhere else but here.” I knew exactly the feeling they each were describing. I have had those same thoughts. Through...

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12 Things I’ve Learned From My School-aged Kids

I’ve learned some amazing things from my kids. Two years ago I wrote about 12 things I knew because I was a mom. At the time, my children were little. Well, they kept growing and I kept learning. As parents I don’t think the learning is ever complete. After all, we’re just figuring this parent thing out as we go — and just when we get one stage figured out, it’s time to move on to the next. Here are 12 more things I’ve learned thanks to my school-aged children: I can’t always be the ‘cool mom.’ And actually being...

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7 Tips to Take Back Dinnertime

  For most people, the witching hour refers to the late hours of night when witches and ghouls are thought to appear. In my world, the witching hour is actually that time between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., right before dinner. The kids get hungry and ghoulish, and I often feel like a witch on a broomstick as I shuffle kids from activities, guard the pantry from predators, and do my best to prepare a meal that I’m not prepared to make. I dread this witching hour, and I’ve heard from many of the moms I work with that they...

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