Hands-On Parenting

I have no memories of my mother playing with me as a child.  She read to me a lot, we went on outings together, and we cooked together on occasion.  But I can’t remember actually playing together, and I think most of my friends would say the same things about their mothers.  Recently, I’ve become […]

Indoor Play Ideas to Combat Cabin Fever

Winter can be a really tough season for moms of young kids.   I myself spend most of the winter indoors, because I have a very narrow (i.e. wimpy) temperature range that I can tolerate for any length of time. While I miss the outdoors and the warmer weather (warm weather, not hot!), I personally don’t […]

Blue: My Favorite Color

For almost 18 years of my life, my biggest dream was to have a daughter. I got married almost 14 years after this dream first surfaced, and went to work right away to make it a reality. It took several more years to discover–and admit to myself–that marriage was not an automatic guarantee that this […]

Summer Camp for Preschoolers?

When my son was 18 months old and I quit my full time job, I wasted no time jumping right into the current trend of structured activities and mommy-and-me classes for toddlers. I eagerly took advantage of the library summer programs, and by fall we were actively involved in two different story hours, as well […]

Planning Vs. Spontaneity

I am a planner. For me, it’s a control issue. I feel more secure when I know what’s going to happen. When I don’t know what’s going to happen, or when plans change, I have to guard myself against getting bent out of shape (flexibility does not come naturally to me). This aspect of my […]

Playground Politics vs Corporate Politics

Politics are everywhere. Cliques, power-plays and competition start in preschool and continue throughout the lifespan. They are unavoidable, despite our best efforts. We can limit the amount that we engage in politics, but we can’t completely eliminate our participation. I work outside the home 15 hours/week, just enough to remind me how much I dislike […]

On The Go

“So, what are you doing this summer?”   This seemingly benign question left me tongue-tied in June of 2010, when my son was 2.5.  The friend who asked me already knew about the major highlight of our summer that year, a week in northern Maine for a family wedding.  Beyond that, I really didn’t have much […]

Is Shyness a Character Flaw?

My 3.5 year old son is shy. Reserved. Cautious. Sensitive. Quiet (well, until he feels comfortable, then watch out!). I was the same way as a child, which is ironic since he and I are not biologically related. As an adult I have not completely outgrown my shyness, although I can manage it better now […]

Less is More: The Toys Edition

In my last post, I mentioned the impact that the book Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne,  has had on my parenting  journey, in terms of striving to avoid the trap of over scheduling structured activities for my preschool age son.  Another principle of this book which I completely agree with, but which has been […]

Are Mothers the Busiest People on the Planet?

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax thinks so.  Last year she said as much in a response to a question from someone who couldn’t imagine what kept mothers so busy all day long. On the other hand, last year Dr. Phil had a guest who said that mothers actually had a lot more free time on their […]