Before any other plans are made, stop and consider your kids—what do they need to be happy? And isn’t that what matters? I’m not talking about a child-centered family. However, if the flow of your little one’s world becomes too jilted he will not be a happy camper and everyone will be affected. You will […]
We know you want to be fashionable. And you want to be fit. And you want to have it all together (or at least look like you do). Here are eight great products to help you function and look your best. Here are my favorite things this holiday season!
We all know that social media has pitfalls and struggles. It’s easy to play the comparison game as friends and family post pieces of their lives that seem to outshine our day-to-day. Social media is all about connections, right? But, as connected as we are now, there are still days when we feel feel isolated […]
November and December are the season for family gatherings. When you travel to see your family members, you might want to bring unique local Bloomington gifts. Plus with black Friday and Small Business Saturday coming up this week, it’s time to start thinking (or finish thinking) about what you’re going to give this holiday season. […]
I know September is technically Suicide Prevention Month, but for me, it will always be November. It was the week before Thanksgiving, 1986, when my teenage brother took his own life. After 30 years of piecing things together, we can still only speculate on the “why?”
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been thinking about traditions I want to start with my son as we transition from Halloween to Christmas. I love my family’s tradition on Thanksgiving Day and thought we could stretch out the discussion of being thankful by creating a Gratitude Tree all month long.
I knew it was time to put our daughter in the church nursery. She was becoming a distraction during the service. A cute distraction, but a distraction nonetheless. Gone were the days when she would sweetly sleep in our arms throughout the sermon. Now we had a wiggle worm who smiled and cooed at everyone.
In our “everyone gets a trophy” society how do we teach our children to be thankful, even when (especially when) they don’t get their way? It is not an overnight process and will likely include a few let downs. Those disappointments may be the very thing to deepen their gratitude.
There seems to even be a growing trend of backlash against Pinterest-inspired gender reveal parties, decorated nurseries, and, of course, themed first birthday parties. While I completely agree there should not be pressure on moms that they have to do these things, I do not feel there is anything wrong if you want to do […]
I am sure that my three-year-old enjoys his daycare. He has friends there, and he enjoys learning new things. I know he has excellent teachers, too. And yet, every morning he resists going and tells me, “I don’t want to go to school. I want to stay home and play.”