Leaders Versus Followers: Are We Really Born This Way?

This is day four in my 15-Day Blog Challenge. The other day after my 14-year-old son’s lacrosse game I sat in my car waiting to exit the parking lot. Off to the side of the parking lot the opposing team, which had lost in the semi-finals, were grabbing snacks off their tented team table. One boy caught […]

Fly on the Wall: I am The Host

Editor’s Note: Today I am participating in a Fly on the Wall group post organized by Karen of Baking in A Tornado. Thirteen bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in their homes. Come on in and buzz around my house…. or rather my […]

Never Be Embarrassed of Your Parenting or Your Child

Before you become a parent, you may visualize what it will be like to hold your baby. You may wonder what it will feel like to know that there is someone to love unconditionally. You may even imagine sweet hugs and tender kisses from your angelic cherub that you know you will accept no matter […]

Paper or Plastic? Why I Choose the Unpopular Choice

I try to avoid controversial topics with my blog posts. I have readers on both side of the aisle and I don’t like alienating anyone. But, I can’t keep silent any longer. I simply have to speak-up and admit to something that may be unpopular. Okay, here it goes… I like my groceries double bagged […]

The Great Training Debate – Puppy Versus Baby

The moment he was placed into my arms, my heart was captured. His soft small body craved my warmth and protection. Heart to heart we remained until he stopped shaking and examined his new home. We named him Beau and cooed in awe over this little addition to our family. Our puppy arrived days before […]

The Secret to Talking With Children Revealed

One of my favorite parts of working with and caring for other people’s children is in the honesty of my conversations with the kids. I have written about the importance of talking to and listening to your children before. In fact, my post “Listen to Your Child, You May Be Amazed,” remains one of my […]

The Tiny Steps Mommy ‘Day in the Life’ Memo

On weekdays, mothers and fathers arrive at my house after battling to get their children ready and out the door to drop their kids off at my home-based daycare. When they get here I can see the conflict in their eyes. They hate saying goodbye, but they have to work and most have to prepare […]

Mom-to-Mom: Your Parenting, Childcare Questions Answered – Letting Go of The Bottle

Mom-to-Mom is a regular series offering real-life driven answers to your real questions about parenting and childcare. Please send me your questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability. Also, please feel free to comment and add your own advice. We can all benefit from helping each other. #MomtoMom Q: My 18-month-old […]

Have You Filled Someone’s Love Bucket Today?

“Mommy, I love you so much,” my five-year-old daughter said sweetly with her big blue eyes gleaming. I was taken off guard, but before I could say anything in response she said, ” I just filled your bucket.” I smiled and said, “I love you too my beautiful girl. ” I wrapped my arms around […]

Mom-to-Mom: Real Answers to Parenting, Child Care Questions

I have been fielding questions from parents on everything from the best way to select a child care provider to dealing with picky eaters since I started my daycare in 2006. I am not an “expert.” I am not perfect. I am not a person who judges or assigns labels, like tiger mom or helicopter […]