Winning Expectations

How do you know the difference between positive-encouragement-parenting vs. weirdly-overinvested-helicoptering and actually none-of-my-business parenting? When my oldest son played his first season of soccer, he was a dynamo.  At five years of age, he didn’t understand what it meant to pace yourself.  It was all out effort, all the time.  With time and age, he

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Testing 1-2-3

We are fortunate to live in an area where my boys have access to a great public school.  Since my husband and I have made the choice for them to attend a public school, we knew going in that standardized testing would be part of our boys’ curriculum. My youngest won’t be tested until next

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Happy and You Know It

It is essential that we give our kids space to try a wide range of things and learn through their failures.  They don’t have to be awesome at everything.  In fact, learning to deal with being mediocre or not so good at something, is going to serve them so much more in the long run.

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Dance, Dance, Dance

It was recently brought to my attention that I take parenting a little too seriously.  The person who said this to me had the kindest intentions and wanted me to be aware that I didn’t have to try so hard all the time.  As a stay-at-home parent who is in the early stages of beginning

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IDK (I Don’t Know)

As a Gen X woman, I have to admit, I am SLOW on the uptake with technology, texting and social media.  So far, I’ve been able to hold off my boys (ages 8 & 10) from having cell phones or their own social media pages.  I get that we don’t live in a cave and

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