Inspiring Your Children To Dream Big

Young children aren’t afraid to dream big. When you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, the answers will vary. Their ambitions include everything from astronauts and firefighters to doctors and movie stars. But what happens when those initial aspirations fade away? Encouraging your children to aim high is an essential ...

Motherhood: Is It For You?

Most women desire the beautiful experience of motherhood. Many began dreaming of becoming a mom when they were little girls watching their mom or another woman who happened to be enjoying motherhood. However, for decades now, more American women have been gradually pushing back the age at which they choose to become parents. In 1970, ...

Working Mom: How Much Should You Be Spending On Your Kids Clothing?

Spending money on kids clothing is one of those "boomerang" expenses because you know that in a few weeks (months if you're lucky), you'll likely be doing it all over again. As soon as the little ones put on an outfit, they’re likely to run straight outside and dive into a muddy puddle. Kids clothes ...

How To Use Your Kitchen To Bond With Your Kids

    Motherhood-ish: Mother & Son Cheesecake Chronicles I grew up surrounded by women who knew their way around a kitchen. In layman’s terms, THEY COULD COOK!  Whether they were the traditional holiday meals or just an impromptu Sunday family dinner, I knew I would not leave the table hungry. In fact, most times it was simply difficult ...

A Great Father Figure In Absence of Their Dad

As seen on the Today Parenting Team site   When my husband died suddenly on Super Bowl Sunday more than a decade ago, I became a suddenly single mom of 2 boys, 6 y.o and 11 y.o. Amidst all the confusion, loss and disruption that our lives would face, I never expected to meet a man like Fred. My ...

Because of Her I Won’t: How I Honor This Teen Girl Without A Smile

  I recently came across my maternal grandmother’s bible. As I flipped through the pages, I found a myriad of inserted items. Expired lottery tickets, her last Christmas gift list, and a few family pictures. One picture, in particular, caught my eye. A picture of me, a faded one of my younger, teen self. 13-year-old me As I stared at the ...