Parenting with Psychology: ABA Behavior Modification

Personally, I hate the term behavior modification. But it has an important place in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Anyone who has worked with, known, or been in contact with a child with an autism spectrum disorder knows behaviors are inevitable. These are highly sensitive, highly rigid individuals, which makes even the slightest deviation tantrum-worthy. The … Continue reading Parenting with Psychology: ABA Behavior Modification

I Give My Kids Reasons Instead of Saying “Because I Said So”

"Because I said so" has no place in my home. As soon as my kids were no longer newborns, I started giving them reasons for why they couldn't do something. "No, you can't eat paper because it's not food." "No, you can't have the scissors because they're sharp and you might hurt yourself." "No, you … Continue reading I Give My Kids Reasons Instead of Saying “Because I Said So”

My Mom Truths

Over the past couple of months, I've been thinking about the direction I want my blog to take. I loved doing what I was doing last year, but not when it comes to my motherhood posts. Sometimes I would write a post and then worry so much about it that it would never get posted. … Continue reading My Mom Truths

Happy Halloween!

I'm not a fan of autumn. Halloween is not a favorite holiday. But over 10 years ago I wrote this poem on a pumpkin. A Halloween Nightmare You’re one step away from the doorstep. You take that step and suddenly— You’re in a dark, forbidding forest. Branches wave in the frigid wind. They look like … Continue reading Happy Halloween!

To My Kids, As You Grow Up in the Wake of the Metoo Movement

I'm not a boy mom or a girl mom. I'm just a mom. I have a boy and a girl and just see children. I see children who are growing up in a rapidly changing world, a world where it's not always safe to be male or female. I spend a lot of time worrying … Continue reading To My Kids, As You Grow Up in the Wake of the Metoo Movement

Not a Social Media Mom

Some days I have a hard enough time just blogging. Finding time to jump onto Facebook-Twitter-Instagram-Pinterest-etc just doesn't happen. Just thinking about it makes me tired. I didn't grow up on social media. I grew up in a backyard and a home that had no Internet until I was in 6th-7th grade and zero cable … Continue reading Not a Social Media Mom

My Little Troopers

My kids amaze me every day, but in times of crisis they are more than amazing. They are my little troopers. This past Saturday, The Husband wrote a post I could not bring myself to do. With love, empathy, and understanding, he crafted a post that not only spoke of what was happening in our … Continue reading My Little Troopers

Baking with Young Children Tip #5

In lieu of a daily question on Fridays this month, I’ll be giving a baking with young children tip. I’ve switched up Fridays this month to highlight dads, but I can’t bring myself to forego food entirely. Baking tip #5: Have fun! Doing anything in the kitchen with small children can be difficult. There are … Continue reading Baking with Young Children Tip #5

Baking with Young Children Tip #4

In lieu of a daily question on Fridays this month, I’ll be giving a baking with young children tip. I’ve switched up Fridays this month to highlight dads, but I can’t bring myself to forego food entirely. Baking tip #4: Utilize the measuring cups you aren't using to entertain your little ones. I don't know … Continue reading Baking with Young Children Tip #4

Baking with Young Children Tip #3

In lieu of a daily question on Fridays this month, I’ll be giving a baking with young children tip. I’ve switched up Fridays this month to highlight dads, but I can’t bring myself to forego food entirely. Baking tip #3: Crack those eggs into a bowl. Seriously. If you've ever baked with young children, you … Continue reading Baking with Young Children Tip #3