Invitation Overload

Invitation Overload

When school starts you get the influx of notices, fundraisers and everything else under the sun…including birthday party invitations for children you’ve never heard of. Why? Because many classrooms have a policy that if you’re going to hand out birthday party...
Why Our Kids Play Competitive Sports

Why Our Kids Play Competitive Sports

I was recently privy to a conversation where a parent was describing her family’s schedule, which was filled with her children’s sporting events. Most evenings and weekends, at least one child, if not both, had a game or practice. Another parent wrinkled her nose and...
An Open Letter to the School Bully

An Open Letter to the School Bully

Dear School Bully & Your Parent, There are so many things I want to say and ask you that I don’t really know where to begin. I guess I’ll start by asking you why you do and say the cruel things you do. Do you realize how hurtful your words and actions are to...
The Over-Scheduled Family

The Over-Scheduled Family

Recently, during a particularly crazy week of racing around to get my children off to their various activities, I had the sudden thought, “Oh no. We’re that over-scheduled family people keep talking about.” The thought came to me as I left work, stopped to watch some...
5 Ways to Deal With a Shy Child

5 Ways to Deal With a Shy Child

When you’re at home your child is a non-stop chatterbox. But, as soon as you get out in public, he or she hides behind you and doesn’t say a peep. Sound familiar? Outsiders may think your child is being anti-social, when in reality that’s not the case. You just have a...
Boost Creativity to Bust Boredom

Boost Creativity to Bust Boredom

As a parent, there are two words that make me cringe like none other: “I’m bored!” In today’s fast-paced world we are quick to load our calendars with play dates, extracurricular activities, and family outings. The goal: Eliminate every moment...