Who’s More Mature – Me or the 3-Year-Old? by Melissa Swedoski


My first born, the love and light of my life, the reason for so many tears and so much laughter, is turning 3 next week. We're going to have a little family party this weekend, and she's going to get to enjoy the bounce house she's been asking for since ...

Passion Comes in Little Things by Melissa Swedoski


  [caption id="attachment_291" align="alignleft" width="226"] (source)[/caption] Whenever I hear someone speak of passion, I'm not going to lie - I think about romance novels. You can laugh, but haven't we sort of been trained to think of passion in a romantic, even sexual, sense? You've seen the book covers or the DVD ...

Mommy’s Little Instruction Manual by Conlee Ricketts


Kids don’t come with instructions but parents should. All adults should really. I’ve know myself for 48 years now and I have explained myself to my daughter more than once in order to make sure she doesn’t take any of my ridiculous nonsense too seriously. Here’s my list of repeat offenders ...

Stumbling Through Midlife Without The Right Shoes by Melissa Swedoski


Lately I've been pondering this conundrum of midlife parenting, because not only do I have two toddler girls just beginning their journey, but I have a 72-year-old father who just started a new job. Just goes to show that whatever you think is going to happen, never happens quite that ...

Oh Mother, it’s a Meltdown – by Melissa Swedoski


The thing about a meltdown is that frequently you don't realize you're having one until halfway through it, and by then, you're well and truly invested in it, and you can't just quit. After all that effort and rage or craziness, well, you just have to finish what you started, ...

UNIQUE FINDINGS by Robin Gorman Newman


Artifact Uprising, an internet-based company, creates tangible keepsakes for digital photos. Driven by a mission to move stories off your device and into your life, Artifact Uprising offers products stroking in both its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Social media lovers can make an entire photo book from Instagram and Facebook images.      ...

Ding Dong Ditch by Peggy Bogaard-Lapp


Summertime is such a fun time to let go of routine, and to relax attitudes. School starts in two weeks (two weeks!) and I find myself running through the list of projects I wanted to do on summer break. News flash: I have hardly done any of them! But on ...

5 Things You Probably Know About Parenthood by Melissa Swedoski


Some days, it doesn't pay to be a mother. Okay, it never pays to be a mother unless you've figured out the magical way to get paid for changing diapers, soothing crying babies, living through sleep deprivation for years, and so much more. If you have figured this out, please ...

Age Ain’t a Number, It’s Just a Perspective by Melissa Swedoski


When I agreed to marry a man 13 years my junior, I wasn't thinking too clearly. That is to say, I was so giddy with excitement, that I didn't take my usual pros/cons approach and fashion a list of why this is a good/bad idea. Yes, I was that really ...

GUEST BLOG POST: Guarding Against Perfectionism in Our Children by Jill Rigby


Perfectionism hinders success. Perseverance guarantees it (win or lose). We’ve all witnessed a child who makes a first attempt at a new skill only to fail. He wails in disbelief that he couldn’t accomplish the task perfectly, pushes aside the project, and walks away. Hopefully, we have also witnessed the child ...