My husband is masterful at inventing creative dates. Before we were married, he once told me to be dressed all in black when he picked me up. We went to his apartment, made cookies, donned black knit caps, and went out on “capers” as he called them. In the cover of the dark night, we found our professor’s houses. We rang the doorbell, left cookies, … Continue reading Spy Cookie Capers
This book has been a very long process of about 10 years! Here’s the story…inspired by some great ladies! I’ve known many great women in my life who have all influenced the moms I chose in “When Mommy’s Home with Me.” A decade ago I lived in Florida, far away from my family. Playgroup became a lifeline. I always looked forward to socializing with other … Continue reading Where “When Mommy’s Home with Me” came from…
My Latest Reviews for “When Mommy’s Home with Me” I feel so honored to have two amazing women whom I admire so much write a review for my book. Thanks! Kids will love the fun pictures and delightful verse while their moms get a well-deserved pat on the back. This book sends a clear message that mothers matter. Bravo! –Jane Clayson Johnson, journalist and author … Continue reading Reviews
Are any of you bloggers? I’m looking for a few more people to get a free copy of my book in exchange for a review on their site. My publisher, Cedar Fort, is hosting a book blog tour from April 10 – April 25. Bloggers with over 1000 subscribers will get free a hard copy mailed to them; anyone with less that that will be … Continue reading Blog Book Tour: Bloggers Wanted!
Hello, overreaction! I constantly find myself exhausted, in the middle of a battle, thinking that I never should have engaged. When I remember one of the most basic parenting strategies, I can usually avoid power struggle catastrophes that leave everyone unhappy and battle-sore. It’s called STOP, REDIRECT, REINFORCE. This is ground-level strategy for babies and toddlers who don’t understand cause and effect consequences, but can … Continue reading Stop, Redirect, Reinforce
What is the likelihood your kids will tell the truth when they know you are going to blow your top or spank them when they do? Next time you ask “Who broke…?” “Who spilled…?” “Who took…?” ask yourself a question: “Could any self-preserving person dare to answer me honestly?” Pain versus honesty is a hard choice for little kiddos to reason through. But…it they know … Continue reading Oh My Lie
I love Playdough Pictionary! Use regular Pictionary cards or simply write 5 words on scrap paper. Divide family into teams. Pick a card, show to one person on the other side, then try to sculpt out your word for your team to guess before the other team. (If you write your own words, the word-maker may need to sit out). Have fun! Continue reading Playdough Pictionary