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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 personality is … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]