Humorous Quick Reads About Families With Kids

Independent Play – Is That a Thing?

Published March 7, 2020 in Parenting - 0 Comments
girl having independent play in her room

Parents dream of the day their child can accomplish independent play. Being constantly on call to “Watch this, Mom!” or “Help me build this, Dad!” can exhaust any parent. Encourage your child to entertain herself, because a child playing alone gives parents some down time, develops the child’s coping skills, and can be (relatively) easily […]

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Five Tips to Help Your Child Learn to Read

Published February 21, 2020 in Parenting - 0 Comments
Five things that parents can do to help children learn to read

Of course you want your child to learn to read. Reading is essential to life.  Children read textbooks at school and adults read training material at work. Even when we are not in an educational environment, we need reading for basic things like traffic signs and restaurant menus. But reading isn’t just for navigating through […]

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Good Playtime Equals Good Mental Health

Published February 13, 2020 in Parenting - 1 Comment
Free Playtime Is Linked to Greater Joy in Children

Kid’s Free Playtime Encourages Creativity ~ Playtime for kids used to mean playing in the mud and digging holes in the backyard with a spoon. Fortunate children lived near woods or an empty field. Either of these provided space and materials for building a fort or just playing with sticks. Bad weather just meant indoor […]

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Adulting 101 – Who Knew It Included Baking Cookies?

Published January 26, 2020 in Parenting - 3 Comments
Cooking baking is part of adulting 101

I’ve been baking Christmas cookies with my grandson since he was three years old. I never dreamed that I was teaching him adulting skills. Evidently, kids need essential life skills before they are ready to leave home. These include: doing laundry; balancing a checkbook; and mowing the yard. Yes, even baking cookies is important (or […]

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Will Mom Let Her Daughter’s Pet Die?

Published January 16, 2020 in Books - 0 Comments

Story from “Mom, The Hamster’s Dead, Can We Get a Dog?” My daughter, Carrie brought home a caterpillar and put it in a jar. I didn’t want its death on my conscience, but hoping she would learn from it. I let her keep it. The next morning it looked dead. She said, “He’s only sleeping.” […]

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How Far Will a Husband Go to Keep His Wife Happy?

Published January 9, 2020 in Books - 0 Comments
Husband styles hair for wife who had stroke

Marriage takes work. We make efforts every day to please our spouses. A wife makes roast beef and veggies for dinner every week because her husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. A husband does the laundry on Saturdays because his bride is worn out from two kids when the weekend comes. But […]

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Top 5 Things to Remember When Potty Training

Published July 25, 2019 in Potty Training - 1 Comment

Teaching your child to use the bathroom can be a daunting task. I’ve spent the last ten months potty training my grandson, and we are just now seeing consistent success. No one likes to change diapers, but it does make life easier when your little one wears a portable containment vessel and you don’t have […]

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The Travails of Cloth Training Pants

Published January 28, 2019 in Potty Training - 0 Comments

We’re into the fourth month of potty training my two-year-old grandson. When we started, I fantasized that he would be completely trained in a few weeks. I pictured myself lounging in my chair while he excused himself to go potty. If called upon, I could stroll to the bathroom and help with a wipe or a […]

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Perils of the Perfectionist Babysitter

Published August 9, 2018 in Perfectionist - 0 Comments
The Perfectionist Babysitter

I’m a perfectionist. That term is a misnomer. It implies everything I do is completed with no mistakes. What it really means is I have a lot of experience completing a small amount of a task with precision while leaving the remainder of the task undone. A variation on the theme is finishing an entire […]

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