All Blog Posts Tagged 'Parenting' (250)

Talking Penn State With the Kiddos

It's a sad day when you sit your kids down to warn them about being too trusting of coaches and mentors.

Last weekend, the whole family was in the truck and Daddy-o needed to dash into a shop. The rest of us waited in the…


Added by Julie Cole on December 7, 2011 at 8:19am — No Comments

Reflections on the Festival of Trees

I spent this past Saturday and Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel near the World Arena in Colorado Springs. 

Sponsored by the Ecumenical Social Ministries, the Festival of Trees Family Fun Days was a…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 21, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

It Takes A Village: Does "Community Spirit" Still Exist?

I used to love this song when I was a child:
Sesame Street was the "bee's knees" and this song rocked my world. Who were the people in my neighborhood? I wasn't sure but I knew I wanted to find out, at least that's what the song compelled me to do. Being a kid growing up watching Sesame Street along with the Electric Company, I listened intently…

Added by Samantha on November 2, 2011 at 4:59am — No Comments

The Bedtime Follies: A Four-Part Comedy

edtime is a blast for many of us moms.

Dinner has been eaten (sometimes), baths have been drained and we're in the home stretch, we tell ourselves.…


Added by Samantha on October 29, 2011 at 3:51am — No Comments

Post Halloween Horrors: A Top 5 How-To Guide For Parents

Halloween is almost upon us and so, of course, are the requisite signs of the season.

The houses are decked out in orange and black, ghosts and…

Added by Samantha on October 29, 2011 at 3:49am — No Comments

Evenflo Exersaucer A Perfect Holiday Gift For Baby



I am absolutely loving the musical Evenflo, Jump & Learn ExerSaucer and its sure to be a pleaser for babies everywhere..It's ideal to keep babies entertained and stimulated.

The perfect toy for the active…


Added by Amy Dendy on October 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Lipstick With A Purpose to Bring Hope,Joy, and Dreams To Domestic Violence Victims

Beauty That Counts Lipsticks Domestic Violence is often a silent epidemic. It could be happening at any time to your neighbor,sister,best friend,mother or daughter.It does not discriminate on age,socioeconomic status,creed,or color.The effects can be crippling in both the short and longterm. Too often those involved feel as though there is no way out and that no one truly understands there worries and concerns. Because of that, many women stay in these dysfunctional relationships and end up getting permanently…


Added by Amy Dendy on October 16, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Fun with ABC's

Having an ABC day is a fun game to keep your kids busy all day.  At the end of the school year  I was looking for ways my kids could stay active all day so I didn't have to hear "MOMMY I'M Bored!!" I did a day last year, but this post will show how over the summer I stretched it out for a whole week!!!

We didn't do it alphabetically but every letter will be used, to keep track I had a list and when we did the activity I filled in that letter, some were planned other just happened and…


Added by Pamela Bluehs Rote on October 3, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Children and Art Activities: Some Observations


Once a month, our local Family Christian Store hosts the Show-Me-How Story-time with Miss Vivian program.  I read a picture book story and do a related craft…


Added by Vivian Kirkfield on September 25, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

The Pint-Sized Dictator

Sweet, yet powerful.

The youngest of my six children has had a pretty sheltered existence to date. He has only been cared for by three people: Me, Daddy-o, and Nanny Hazel. Even my very involved mom has noted that he’s the only grandchild she has never babysat. Part of the problem is…


Added by Julie Cole on September 14, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

The Things We Do For Love: Parenting Style

Besides blogging, I actually have a real job. Hard to believe, but true. 

Venturing into the consulting realm, I needed a logo. Having a spouse who knew his way around graphics, it seemed to be a…

Added by Samantha on September 13, 2011 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Young Girls And Makeup: Too Cute or Too Grown?

At what age would you allow your daughter to wear makeup?  For most moms, this question can be a source of conflict between them and their adolescent daughters.  An argument can be made that young girls wearing makeup may attract the attention of boys and indicate that these girls are trying to be too grown up.  While I understand these fears and concerns, I have a different take on this issue.  To me, wearing makeup at a young age is not necessarily taboo.  Makeup, like clothes and hair, is…


Added by Lisa F Zaidi-The Substantive Mom on September 12, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

Honoring 9-11

Today marks the 10th anniversary of  the most tragic day in American history.  A day when more than 3,000 Americans lost their lives due the actions of Islamist extremist.  After the attacks, I thought that I would  see a better America, a nation where we all stand together as one, as in the motto E pluribus unum, "out of many, one."  But I haven't.  What I see is a country divided, one in which we are now suspicious of our brothers and sisters, one that is racially…


Added by Lisa F Zaidi-The Substantive Mom on September 11, 2011 at 7:41am — No Comments

His New Jack Era


Added by Lisa F Zaidi-The Substantive Mom on September 10, 2011 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Hello College Mom

I'm still pinching myself. Where did 18 years go? Friends, enjoy your precious children before you know it, you'll be asking the same question!


I shared my reflections here in this post: FLY BABY FLY...Spread Your Wings and Soar High

Would love to hear from you if you're a college mom...any advice you have for this new College Mom.


Happy Wednesday...have a blessed week!!


Added by Duong on September 7, 2011 at 6:18pm — No Comments

An Exceptional Journey: Working Mother Lessons from Janice Dean

I recently came upon the story of Janice Dean, a meteorologist for the FOXNews channel and mother of two young boys. Janice’s story of working motherhood was particularly interesting to me, as she has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. My blog, the PRIMARY DILEMMA, is about diversity among working mothers and the challenges that they face.


Janice’s story of managing…


Added by Lynn Hall on August 30, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

Back on the Chain Gang: Should Kids Be Leashed?

We've all been there, right?
We're out in public, with our kid (or kids) in tow, and suddenly he bolts for the road unexpectedly.

Or how about…

Added by Samantha on August 27, 2011 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Would You Let Your Children See You Naked?

Recently, former supermodel Heidi Klum has been taking a lot of flak in the media for going topless at a beach outing with her children. The Project Runway host was vacationing with her husband Seal and their four children (ages 1, 4 , 5, and 7) in Sardinia, Italy when a cameraman captured Heidi topless. She defended her decision by saying, "[My kids] see their parents naked all the time. We are not ashamed." As a liberal, I say kudos to Heidi for being so comfortable with her body. I know…


Added by Lisa F Zaidi-The Substantive Mom on August 20, 2011 at 10:21am — No Comments

The Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy Walked Into a Bar...

Yea, this would likely be a pretty funny joke if it existed. Perhaps it does, somewhere out there.

Nonetheless, whether or not it exists…

Added by Samantha on August 5, 2011 at 7:29pm — No Comments

Back-to-School Checklist

Getting ready for kids to go back to school is about more than just making the mad dash to an office supply store or clothes retailer for those back-to-school essentials; it's also about regaining your sanity.  Sure, you enjoyed a relaxing summer with no real obligations, but by the end of the summer you are drained from coming up with new and creative activities to keep your children entertained, especially if they do not go to camp.  But before they're off and running, you should address…


Added by Lisa F Zaidi-The Substantive Mom on August 5, 2011 at 9:03am — No Comments

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