A Rant on Raising a Strong Willed Child

I have a strong willed child. He's a master negotiator, stubborn as hell and wants everything done his own certain way. He's exhausting, often frustrating and constantly challenging. And I feel like punching someone every time they smile and tell me I'm just raising a "natural born leader." He's a leader all right. Because some … Continue reading A Rant on Raising a Strong Willed Child

Dining Out With Kids: I Don’t Want You to Sit Next to Me Either

The other day on Facebook a friend of mine mentioned how she hates to be seated next to a family with small children when she's looking forward to a nice quiet dinner. Oh really? Like anyone wants that? It may be my own small child but I don't want to sit next to him either. … Continue reading Dining Out With Kids: I Don’t Want You to Sit Next to Me Either

Hola Baby! Learning Spanish with DinoLingo

*Post sponsored by DinoLingo but all opinions are my own* When I was pregnant, I had all kinds of big ideas about how I would raise our son. One of them was to teach him Spanish as a baby. Nevermind the fact that I am not fluent in Spanish, nor is anyone in our household. … Continue reading Hola Baby! Learning Spanish with DinoLingo

Taking Off the Training Wheels – The First Bike Ride

I feel like learning to ride a bike comes with a special sense of freedom and adventure. It's a big milestone for a child and the start of a newfound sense of freedom. It was also an emotional experience for this mom of the newest little speed racer on the block. I can only imagine … Continue reading Taking Off the Training Wheels – The First Bike Ride

5 Steps to Surviving Toddler Tantrums

My son has some real doozies when it comes to tantrums. I've never been around kids much, so dealing with this is WAY out of my comfort zone and I have no idea what I'm doing. Sometimes I get so frustrated I want to have my own tantrum. I recently turned to Google in a … Continue reading 5 Steps to Surviving Toddler Tantrums

And Now I Know Why They Do That…The Great Kid Mystery Explained

If you'd like to skip to the end for the answers, it's because they're kids. And no matter what my mother says, they are all little monsters at times. It's possible my mom got off easy and I was actually the quiet little well-behaved angel she describes. But she set the bar pretty high with … Continue reading And Now I Know Why They Do That…The Great Kid Mystery Explained

Thankful the Bitterness is Gone

It's time for the official what makes me thankful Thanksgiving post! And for me, every day, I am most thankful my son has erased the bitterness that used to sit in my heart and eat away at me, especially around the holidays. I was always indifferent about having children. Take 'em or leave 'em. But … Continue reading Thankful the Bitterness is Gone