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8 Misconceptions About Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

I planned on going back to work when my first child was six weeks old, but ended up delaying that plan by, oh let's see... almost twelve years now. In that time I've come across many misconceptions about being a stay-at-home mom, some of them my own. Here are just a few:   1. It’s Boring   This kind of depends on your definition of boring. For example: My five year old thinks changing her underwear every morning is boring. My mother thinks doing less than five tasks at once or sitting for longer than thirty seconds is boring. I tend to fall somewhere in between... read more

10 Tricks and Treats for a Naturally Inspired Halloween

  Creative Candy Crafts Looking for something to do with all of that unwanted Halloween candy? Check out these crafts and activities!    Jack-O-Lantern Cookies Have some sweet and spooky fun with these wholesome Jack-O'-Lantern cookies.    Green Halloween dECOr Discover unique and inexpensive ways to create eco-friendly decorations everyone will love.   Earth-Friendly Treats and Treasures Look beyond plastic trinkets and sugary candy with these simple ideas for a greener holiday.    Healthier Halloween Looking for some tasty treats to replace candy this... read more

Mothering is Hard Work

          Being a mom is tough work.  I don’t care who you are -- rich or poor, married or single, first time or experienced, mothering is hard work.   This evening I made a new meal for my family.  It was a spaghetti squash casserole filled with yummy veggies, fresh spices, and cheese.  (Seriously, who can resist cheese!)  I loved it.  My husband loved it.  My five year old loved it, and even my nine month old loved her pureed version.  My two year old... not so much.     “Goosie no eat!  Hurt Goosie mouth!” and “Icky!” were some of the more eloquent expressions... read more

Soothing Parents and Children After A Tragedy

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   In light of the fatal school shooting at Spark's Middle School, Kidsinthehouse.com offers this video from Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., which discusses what parents should do with their children after a school tragedy. Maggie Kline, L.M.F.T., is a psychologist, a senior faculty member for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and the co-author with Peter Levine, Ph.D., of Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing, and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parent’s Guide to instilling Confidence, Joy and... read more

The Importance of One-on-one Time With Your Child

I kept my oldest daughter, Jessica,home from school today.  She's not contagious, her allergies are so bad that her throat is all red and raw, she's congested and crabby and just not feeling well. I brought her into the pediatrician's yesterday, and the doctor told me to keep her home, give her Advil and let her rest.   But... it did mean that Sam, my seven year old, had to go to school by himself.  Which is always hard - whenever one stays home, the other one freaks out.  But he handled it really well yesterday, and didn't balk at doing it today.  So I rewarded him... read more

Looking for eco-friendly, organic, long-lasting toys? Try wood

This post is brought to us by Real Wooden Toys     Look around your kids’ toy room. How many of those toys do your kids actually play with? How much money did you spend on the latest gadget or fad toy, only to have it discarded into the bottom of the toy box a few weeks later?   Now think about the toys your parents played with—maybe even the toys YOU played with—and think about what made them special. For me, it was my erector set, but you can insert the name of your favorite childhood toy here. The reason I loved it? It was well-made (I still have it, 30+ years... read more

From conflict to companionship for siblings in every family!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Sibling Rivalry can tear up any home. The teasing, arguing and debates about what is “fair,” can transform your hopes for a peaceful home into thoughts of desperation. Have you made some grave parenting error along the way? Will your children ever get along? Could they ever be each other’s best friend and anchor through out their lifetime? Beverly Hills psychologist, Pamela Varady, PsyD, is the co-founder of the Dynamic Learning and Listening Center, and has brilliant ideas that are immediately applicable. Her techniques... read more

The Anxiety of Loving

A lesson for my son about the link between love and anxiety, and an opportunity for us to teach him  effective tools for working with his own worry.   A few nights after our cat's initial escape she vanished into the night again. And again our nine year old son felt terrified and quickly descended into a puddle of panic. This time my husband and I were calm, realizing that Tashi is young and fast and would likely be able to escape the predators in the night. We also realized that we can either trust that she’ll be fine or stress about it every time she refuses to... read more

What You Need To Tell Your Kids About The Media They Consume!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., is the author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. She has advised the Surgeon General, testified before Congress and traveled the nation as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Her decades of research have been featured on The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Watch this short video filmed by KidsInTheHouse.com to hear Dr. Kilbourne define... read more

Letting my Son be Himself

  I’m a mother, and as such, I love my son more than anything else in the world. He has my entire heart. I would do anything to protect his own heart, his feelings, his emotional integrity. I think all mothers feel this way.   Let me tell you about my son. He’s three. He’s imaginative. He’s brilliant at puzzles. He can be a wild man. He talks a mile a minute. He’s huge for his age and moves with exuberance that I identify with Great Dane puppies. He loves anything with wheels. He loves his baby sister. He gets in moods where he wants to cover me with kisses. He’s... read more

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