21 Ways to Make Your Mom The Happiest Mom on Earth

Make Your Mom the Happiest Mom on the Planet

Don’t fret for a moment about what to get your mom for Mother’s Day. The best thing you can do is to spend time with her (no irritation or annoyance allowed), or have a nice, relaxed conversation with her.  No store bought card or pot of flowers will touch her heart as much as your efforts to express your sincere appreciation for her, past and present. To help you get started, here are 21 mostly free ideas to choose from that are guaranteed to make your mom happy.  Continue Reading

How to: Make a Modern Family Chore Chart Your Kids will Actually Use

How to: Make a Modern Family Chore Chart Your Kids will Actually Use

As our kids are getting a little older, I thought it might be a good time to introduce a simple chore chart to teach them shared responsibility, goal setting, and following through on commitments. Sometimes parents can be so hard on ourselves (and others) when it comes to the idea of putting our kids “to work” at a young age. I’ve even heard the term “child-labor” thrown around…which is, of course, silly and even dangerous.

I never thought I would say this, but “when I was their age…” I did chores around our house all. Continue Reading

Screw the Rules, Sometimes

In our house, we’re pretty strict about certain rules. Our kids (four and seven years old), hear them all the time: no playing on the couch; it’s for sitting. No sliding on the banister; it’s a hundred years old. No jumping on the bed; it’s a fancy Sleep Number model and you’re likely to burst one of the air chambers. 

My kids handle the rules pretty well, abiding by most of them, and breaking others relentlessly (like the no-tipping-your-chair-back-at-the-table one, which all kids seem duty-bound to disobey). Continue Reading