The Secret to Paying for College with All Cash

If you have kids, one of the main worries you have is how you’re going to be paying for college for them.  College costs have been increasing wildly.  So many kids are starting out their lives with huge student loans dragging them down.  Or worse, many parents are putting their home or retirement savings at […]

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New Year’s Motivation – Be a Better Parent

Here is the 4th post in our New Year’s Motivation series.  For most people, parenting is a big part of our lives and all of us want to be a better parent to our children.  As the mother of two sons and stepmother to a third, I think I have a bit of experience in […]

Powerful Tips to Organize your Kids – Mornings

Here’s the final installment in my organizing kids series.  This one is about taking back your mornings.  With school-aged kids, it can be a real headache to get them out of bed, pulled together and fed, and somehow off to school on time every morning of the week. As the mom of two ADHD boys, […]

Powerful Tips to Organize Your Kids – Chores

Is there anything more pesky and annoying than trying to get your kids to do their chores? Unless you were born with that magically organized child (I never had THAT kid!).  You are going to be fighting this fight for at least 18 years. According to my favorite behavioral psychologist Brian Wansink, the best way […]

Powerful Tips to Organize Your Kids – Homework

It occurred to me that in this New Year’s motivational series, I had not included any posts about parenting.  So, I am starting a 3-part series here about both parenting and organization – double win!  This first one is about helping your kids organize their homework.  In the next post we will talk about kids […]

The Twelve Days of Scouting Christmas

OK, this is just a quick one today.  I am up to my ears in Christmas “busyness” to the point where I can’t even sleep for thinking of all the gifts I need to wrap (and still buy!) and cards I need to send.  But I did want to slip this one in.  I know […]

Epic Resources for Autistic Kids

A lot of my friends have kids on the Asperger’s or Autism spectrum.  It’s a difficult parenting challenge.  Other friends are special ed teachers – also very tough.  So when I found this terrific website called National Autistism Resources with some very unique products for autistic kids, I thought I’d share some links for them. […]

Overcome Your ADD-ness In Your Chores

OK, I have to ‘fess up, like many of you, I am seriously ADD.  At times, my mind has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel Puppy – (Squirrel!).  A lot of it is my own fault.  I am always doing at least 2 or 4 (or 9!) things at once, and my mind is […]

5 Tips to Manage Teen Boys and Their Beloved Electronics

Pretty typical picture isn’t it?  Not just for teen boys, but for everyone.  Seems like all of us are spending major amounts of time staring at screens these days – not just phones, but iPads, computers, video games, and TV’s.  It’s to the point where it is getting a little scary.  I never drive to work […]

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Organizing the Disorganized or ADHD Child

When you have a kid who has ADHD or is just plain disorganized, basic school stuff can be a real challenge.  These are some tips to make it much easier for BOTH of you. To me, the advantage of being an older Mom is that this isn’t my first rodeo. (I repost this info every […]

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Magic Formula to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms

Just a quick one today.  I don’t know about you, but getting my kids to clean their rooms is one of the most stressful and annoying things I ever have to do as a parent (although teaching my teen to drive is definitely in the top ten!). Sometimes it takes half the day, many times […]

How Does Clutter Affect Your Children?

  When we tend to think about our clutter issues, we mostly think in terms of how it affects us or our spouse.  We don’t often think about how it might be affecting our children.  However, their home environment clearly has an affect on our children.  This can follow them throughout their lives. It’s interesting.  […]

Calling All Moms – What do to About Bullying?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that we’ve had some problems with bullying at Blake’s school. Well, it’s really gotten out of hand, and I am totally at a loss for what to do about it. I’ve reported it to the teacher and to the Principal every time and I […]

TGI freakin’ F! Another Bullying Incident at School

Oh man am I ready for Friday! It’s been a rough week. I’ve probably got 3 days worth of work sitting on my desk but only 1 day to do it – ugh! My husband, on the other hand has almost no work and I’m getting a little worried about the tiny little company he […]

What To Do About Bullying???

OK ladies, I need your help here. Blake is having a persistent problem with kids bullying him at school. Not physical bullying, but just being mean to him and it’s totally breaking my heart. As a mother, it just kills you when your child comes home upset because kids are being mean to him and […]