Greeting the Day

I recently had a discussion with another mom about how hectic mornings can be trying to get everyone successfully out the door.  I told her that on some level, I know that it is my attitude and energy that sets the tone for the day.  It is especially hard to ‘rise above’ and be calm,

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The Art of Dining Out with Children

In our early family life we lived in Wisconsin.  This basically meant seven solid months of winter-like weather as anyone living in the northern states can attest to.  I came to realize that our social life on the weekends during these frosty days would mainly consist of taking the boys out to dinner.  Being a

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Intensely Spirited

My boys are what you would call spirited.  Learning more about the depth and breadth of their spiritedness has helped me tremendously.  They aren’t necessarily trying to be purposefully defiant, they are showing me that I am missing the mark somehow (not being fully present or accepting them as is). In this blog post, I

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Toddlers and Tantrums

Soon after my second son was born, I knew I was in real trouble on two, distinct days.  The first was in the ‘Mommy and Me’ art class at the zoo that I had signed me and my toddler up for.   This was my attempt to give him extra attention while he adjusted to

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Snow Way!

During my oldest son’s formative years, we lived in Wisconsin just outside of Milwaukee.  This meant our summers were short and our winters were long.  He was an extremely active toddler and those winter months cooped up inside were a challenge.  The most logical solution to our cabin fever was to bundle ourselves up and

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