Common Core VS Texas

I have to say that when we moved back to Texas, I was really excited to be leaving the Common Core behind. I know that some of the concepts have spilled over to states that haven’t adopted it, but my hope was that the worst parts of it would not. I do see some similarities

To the Mom of the “Naughty” Child

To the mom of the “naughty” child, I see you trying to get him to hold still and listen during story time. I see you giving her “the look” when she speaks out of turn during swimming lessons or t-ball practice. I see the hurt in your eyes when someone says “He sure is naughty”.

When Did We Lose Our Right to Parent?

The other day I let the kids play in our fenced in back yard. I sat at the dining room table with the door open so I could see them, but I thought it would be good to let them play by themselves for a bit. Do you know what I was worried about? It

Cut the Cord

Before we left New Jersey, we decided that we would not be getting cable when we moved. I figured that spending $165 per month on cable and internet was unnecessary, and ultimately I was right. We now spend $78 per month and have been pretty happy with our decision. It took me a long time

Cost of Living State to State

Each time we move, I am shocked at the difference in cost of living from state to state. It’s understandable, some places are more appealing than others. Some places offer more jobs and opportunities, others have better weather and family friendly atmospheres. Some areas are incredibly crowded with no room for expansion, while others have

The Sadness of Moving On

I remember when we first moved here. I was so sad to leave Texas and even more sad that our lives had brought us to the NYC area. I knew it would be an adventure and that we wouldn’t be here forever, but I didn’t want to move here. And now that we are moving,

Is Technology What’s Stifling our Children’s Creativity?

I read an article the other day that stated children under the age of 12 should have no exposure to handheld devices. No tablets, phones, or even laptops. I do get where the author is coming from, but I think that’s a little bit extreme. The basis for his reasoning is that children should be

My Kids Are SO MUCH BRAVER than I Am

On the road again…. It looks like we will be moving again in a few months! I don’t know all of the details yet, but we will be moving to the Philadelphia area after the first of the year. Exciting? Scary? Annoying? Stressful? Great? All of the above. I’m no stranger to moving, and in

“Navigating Emotions” Review

* I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are completely my own. I was recently given the opportunity to review the e-book Navigating Emotions by Amy Phoenix from Presence Parenting. The purpose of the book is to force you to stop and think about your feelings before you act hastily. This

I’m Back! (Again)

Every summer since I started blogging, I take a break from the blog. Mostly because I’m studying and super busy with the kids, but also because sometimes it’s helpful to step back and reevaluate things. Last year I came back and had lots of ideas and great content to put out, and I think it