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Perspective – The Best Mother’s Day Gift

It is not often that I am stunned silent. But this is what happened after my nine-year-old son looked into my eyes and awed me with his response to the news that I would not be moving my home-based daycare to a new location like we previously thought. I expected him to be upset because the kids […]

Fantasy Homecoming Proposals… Seriously?

So, it happened. The words I didn’t see coming. Ever. “You don’t understand. Things aren’t like when you went to school. Things are different now.” Translation: “You are OLD and out of touch.” I swallowed back my desire to scream, “I’m only 36-years-old! I can bust a move, do the butt, the humpty dance, and you should […]

I am Thankful for My Son The Future Pianist

Every year my children’s elementary school hosts a Thanksgiving Lunch on Veteran’s Day. It’s an opportunity for parents to join their children for lunch and celebrate what they are thankful for while also honoring our Veterans. Many of the parents attend and it is organized beautifully. Outside the cafeteria the music teachers set-up a piano […]

Do You Pay Children for Chores?

“I’m sorry buddy, but parents aren’t perfect. No one is perfect. Haven’t you ever made a mistake before?” I asked my seven-year-old son who was standing outside the cracked door of my bathroom. “Oh yea.. well I’m going to be perfect when I grow up,” my seven-year-old son said while puffing out his chest. He […]

Overprotective or Paranoid: How Do You Feel About Strangers Touching Your Child?

My children are beautiful. I say this unabashedly. I know everyone may think this, but it is the truth. Strangers stop me all the time to compliment their eyes and fawn over their smiles. Baby N has the lethal combination of being cute and a social butterfly. She smiles and waves to anyone who will […]

Do Your Children Save Their Best Worst Behavior For Home?

Is your child a terror at home, but a complete angel in public? Do you wonder why your child always devolves in a puddle after entering your house? Perhaps your child is a “House Devil, Street Angel.” Out of my four children, one is always testing my patience. For the first four years of his […]

So What If Your Son Wants to Wear a Princess Costume

My children love to dress-up in costumes day and night. The children in my daycare also love putting together creative costumes. I make it a point not to interfere in their creative process because it is so much fun watching them use their imaginations to create elaborate games based on the outfits they select. Over […]

The Love Between Siblings, Heartbreak of Loss

“To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”– Clara Ortega, author This week our […]

Counting My Blessings This Mother’s Day

Years ago when I first started my home daycare, I had the pleasure of meeting a vivacious mother of two. She was a SAHM with a daughter in elementary school and a two-year-old son with extremely high energy and demanding needs. She needed someone to help give her a break once every two weeks, so […]

Teach Your Kids to Win and Lose

The moment I opened the gate to the backyard I knew I was in trouble. My three older children took off in search of their eggs and the gloves came off. The 13-year-old, who loves to antagonize his little brother, shouted and laughed maniacally, “I’m going to get them all.” AD, the six-year-old, screamed his brother’s […]