Life Imitates Art: How Children’s Television Inspires One Kid to Action

It’s no secret that Sophie likes her television time. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a parent that allows TV viewing. Heck, I was raised with television and it clearly didn’t inhibit my creative spirit. So because of my own experiences and the fact that I earn a living by working from home […]

Cooking With Sophie the “Young Chef”

Sophie decided recently she really wanted a smoothie. Never missing an opportunity to get fruit into this kid, I didn’t hesitate to take her up on this opportunity. She also really wanted to make the smoothie herself. I thought this would be a great chance to try a recipe from a new cookbook, Young Chefs: […]

Lately in Motherhood …

Lately in motherhood, I … Made countless chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese dinners. Read The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes to Sophie even though I was tired and didn’t want to read a “long” book before bed. Went on a nature walk with Sophie and Bryan, and watched while Sophie bravely crawled […]

Déjà Vu All-Over Again: Parenting and Childhood Memories

One of the hardest parts of parenthood is how your child’s problems can so often cause your own childhood emotions and memories to float to the surface. I experienced this myself a few weeks ago when Sophie came home after a particularly challenging day at her gymnastics class. After a challenging gymnastics session, Sophie ultimately broke down […]

“Did I Miss Reading Time?” … The Moments That Mean the Most

I wasn’t going to post today. I had no posts planned in my head, or written and edited. Yet here I am at nearly 1 am typing on my blog. I did not plan to write about the unspeakable tragedy that happened in Connecticut last week. I just have no words to express because the […]

Thankful …

Throughout the month of November, I’ve been reading Facebook status updates from friends stating what they are thankful for each day. While I didn’t post daily status updates, I did spend some type over the last few days writing down the things in my life I am grateful for. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, […]

Election Day from the Mouths of Babes

Today is election day in the United States and most of us Americans are going to the polls to elect a president (along with a few congresspeople, mayors, and propositions). Never resisting an opportunity for a teachable moment with Sophie, I decided I should inform her of what is happening in our country. So on the […]

Back to School for Sophie

Today was Sophie’s first day of school, but this time as a Junior Kindergartener! She’s at the same preschool. But Junior-K means longer days, more structure and independent work. This will be a great transition to next year when my little girl starts kindergarten. The last few weeks have been filled with back-to-school shopping, getting […]

Hope for My Parenting Future

Lately I feel like I’ve really been struggling with my parenting efforts. Maybe Sophie is going through a stage. Maybe I’m going through a stage. Whatever it is, I feel as if things are not the way they should be between us, and every day is a struggle in some way or another. However, so […]