Tag: Children

We All Scream for Bright Screens

I’m going to take a chance here. I’m going to assume that I’m not the only one who stares at screens a little more time than I’d like. Small screens, big screens, we all scream for bright screens....This is hurting me. more

Tags: technology, screen time, mobile devices, tablets, computers, laptops, TV, Television, distraction, distracted, quality time, occupied, Busy, Kids, Kid, Children, youth development, the y

Time Out

We’ve been rushing around the past few days. Yesterday, we visited with two moms groups, went to the Y and dropped the baby in the Kids’ Zone, and then scurried to meet a visiting cousin for dinner, not getting home until way past bedtime (for all of us). No wonder we had a crankypants on our hands before the food arrived. And the baby wasn’t happy, either!  more

Tags: This Week in Moms, the y, YMCA, child, Children, youth, development, engagement, Relaxation, quiet, downtime, parenting, advice

Synchronize Your Watches: It’s Flip-Flop Time!

We’re itching in our britches to leave school behind and get out into summer. Into the long summer afternoons when the days stretch into night and watermelon drips down our elbows. Tie up loose ends at school and get ready, it’s coming. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, YMCA, the y, youth development, Moms, Mom, Mommy, child, Children, summer, School, camp, outdoors, outside, tips, free time, sun, teacher, spelling bee, peanut butter

Memorial Day Reflections

We’re remembering all the fallen soldiers this Memorial Day. It’s also a nice time to relax with friends and family and maybe some encased meats. Holidays in general make me pause and take stock – of my life, of time, of my world.

My daughter is only five months old, but warnings to savor this time come uninvited from both friends and strangers. “They’ll be off to college in a blink.” “The longest shortest time.” I get the ‘longest’ part. In the middle of the night when she wakes up for another straight hour on the hour, those afternoons when we’re circling the block again to not wake her. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, reflect, reflection, grow, growing, Kids, enjoy, enjoyment

What, me worry?

I read an article yesterday about how just the act of worrying makes people miserable. Great! Now I can add the effect of worrying to my list of worries!

If you asked me a year ago if I was a worrier, I would have said no. Definitively no. I know that I can’t predict or avoid the pitfalls, and there will be pitfalls, so I don’t (usually) spend time on them before I have to. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, advice, calm, peace of mind, acceptance

The World is Your Delicious Oyster and Other Adventures

If you’re horrified that your child is tasting their way through the world, rest assured that someone else’s child has already been there.

Do I detect notes of goat, onion, and cumin in your armpit?

Escape from it all for Memorial Day! ('All’ but people; expect them to be everywhere!)

Locating to that new country will be hard on your kids. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, Travel, adventure, relocate, relocation, Memorial Day

What do you do to recharge?

Mommying is constant. There’s no way around it. Even when you’re not actively with your kids, you’re thinking about them, worrying about them, planning for them… you get it, you’re living it!

We have to be whole to be able to give to others more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mother, parent, parenting, baby, Kid, child, Children, Family, the y, YMCA, youth development, recharge, pamper, care, self, self-care, escape, time, alone

Step Away from the Screen!

Last week was Screen-Free Week. I didn’t notice because my eyes were on the prize: Mother’s Day, the best day of all.

Now that the mommy merriment has simmered down, I’m catching up on other things discussed in Internetland, which (paradoxically) included Screen-Free Week.

Parents are forced to think about screens from the start. There are clear reasons to turn off screens. more

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Mommies, Mother, Mothers, parent, parenting, child, Children, Kid, Kids, baby, babies, teen, teens, youth development, Family, families, pediatrician, tablets, technology

Necessity, the Mother of Invention

I have hippy tendencies that bob to the surface but are usually whack-a-moled by my competing love of convenience. Communal living tiny houses (now with movement status), minimal personal hygiene (this one gets tempered pretty quickly by The Spouse and lingering looks from strangers), and a macrobiotic diet have all been suppressed for now. more more

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