Tag: Kids

Rainy Vacation

What started out as a well-intended camping trip—with pre-trip plans of canoeing on serene lakes, building castles along the beach, and burning marshmallows for s’mores have made way to rain.  Indeed, enough rain that the sand has not been allowed to dry out between cloudbursts. more

Tags: Mom, mom blog, Kids, vacations, backup plans

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

Eat Smart, Move More

A couple of weeks ago, our first guest blogger, Lisa Riggsbee, shared her thoughts about the Healthy Living Pantry and Mobile Kitchen. This week, we wanted to follow up with what young leaders are doing out in Asheville, North Carolina with an Eat smart, Move More Videomore

Tags: This Week in Young Leaders, healthy living, mobile kitchen, Community, food desert, Kids, teens, Leadership, volunteers, the y, YMCA, Millennials, Generation Y, Generation X

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

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

Tags: This Week in Moms, Mom, Moms, Mother, Mothers, parent, Parents, parenting, youth, youth development, baby, babies, child, Children, Kid, Kids, teen, teens, Family, families, Community, communities, the y, YMCA

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