We canceled the adoption of our niece, Rana. It's taken me a long time to decide whether to not to post this. It's personal and if I write about it, how much can I write without offending family or putting too much out there? I've decided that since this is my website and it's essentially … Continue reading Adoption Cancelled: Big Changes To Our Home
When you have kids your focus seems to pinpoint. Things that you never paid much attention to seem insanely important. When it's an infant you quickly learn that your home is full of danger and needs improvement. Toddlers make the rest of the world seem like a minefield, and every day that your child survives … Continue reading Improvement Is The Key To Everything No Matter How Small: Start Today
On December 5th of 2017, I received a phone call that would change my family's life forever. My sister-in-law had unexpectantly passed away sometime during the night. She was only 39 years old and had 3 kids without fathers. The kids needed someone to step into parental roles immediately. Meet the kids Dawn, age 18 Dawn … Continue reading Unplanned Adoption: A Course in Advanced Parenting Skills
Dear Teenager, I get it. Those jerks at school just keep on pushing and don't know when to back off. I don't know why they target you, because you really are a good kid. Your parents aren't who you need them to be either. Either they are crazy strict and don't let you breathe...or they … Continue reading Dear Teenager
One thing you learn quickly as a parent is how quickly emotions can escalate. Whether it's a crying baby or a toddler who throws tantrums hourly, emotions run high. When your child is upset and you need to get them to do something, it's won't happen if they are at DEF-CON 1. De-escalate the situation and … Continue reading Calm Kids – De-escalate An Upset Child Quickly
People want change. They want to make the world a better place, but don't know where to start. The best way to make that change is easy and immediate: volunteer. Finding the time to volunteer can be hard, especially for a Mom who works full time. When you find something that you are passionate about, … Continue reading Mama, Volunteer!