LOVE YOUR KIDS

“laugh till you pee,

search to the depths of your soul

and be the kind of mom your kids

will appreciate when they’re older

(because they sure don’t now)”

Join the Club…You’re Not Alone.

Hey Mom!!! 

Yes…You! 

The one who loves her kids with a passion, cheers loudest at their games, takes their phones for bad grades, says no when they’re begging for candy, expects the best, expects mistakes, reflects on her mothering style, is involved, embarrasses them because she loves them, knows their friends…and teaches them to do their own laundry at birth?

(oh, wait.  that’s me.)

Welcome.  You’re in good company.

Dear Second Place,

Dear Second Place,

Dear Second Place,  You feel like you’ve failed. And you have. If your goal was to get first and you got second, you’re right. You failed. But in failure, you have two choices. Let it wear you down. Label yourself as a failure instead of what is true: you failed to...

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How To Teach Your Child To Do Chores

How To Teach Your Child To Do Chores

The 30 Day Chore Challenge will help you get your feet wet in the Freaky Mom promoting-good-behavior department. When kids and teens have responsibilities and moms use the responsibilities as tools for the kids to earn privileges, better behavior is the result!!

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How I Planned Ahead For The Next Time My Teenager Acts Entitled

How I Planned Ahead For The Next Time My Teenager Acts Entitled

Here’s a practical worksheet for behavior problems. I just put it to the test and it worked. It makes you think through your child’s behavior, identify the problems with behavior and with the way you normally handle it. Then, it works you through to a solution! I loved it! (I better…because I created it!)

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3 Most Important Steps To Communicate With Your Teen

3 Most Important Steps To Communicate With Your Teen

My heart broke. Into a hundred mashed up pieces.

Because of my 14 year old.

He went on the band trip. You read about that already. Remember, I was SOOOOOOOO proud of him for earning $300 of the $400 to pay for the trip?

Well, on the day he left, we also gave him $100 food money, Herbert gave him $40 extra spending money, Gramp and Grammy gave him $100 birthday money.

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6 Steps to Survive (temporary) Empty Nest Syndrome

6 Steps to Survive (temporary) Empty Nest Syndrome

I had an empty nest...for five days. At 14, when Diego left for San Antonio on the band trip...for (only) FIVE DAYS...I didn't expect my reaction.  Now...let me back up a second.  He worked his tail off to earn the money to go, kept his grades up, thought through what...

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9 Road Trip Safety Tips (from a #bombcyclone survivor)

9 Road Trip Safety Tips (from a #bombcyclone survivor)

My friend Debi and her dog Shine survived 9 hours in her car trapped on Colorado's I-25 in the 100 mph winds, freezing temperatures and blizzard conditions in the 2019 Bomb Cyclone that hit much of the country.  She had some important emergency preparedness items in...

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How To Give Consequences That Work. Period.

How To Give Consequences That Work. Period.

If you're like most busy, active, work-at-home or work-away-from-home moms, you are overwhelmed, stressed, and doing everything - but feeling guilty about not doing enough.  You are constantly looking for (but feeling out of) balance. On top of ALL that, you want your...

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How To Limit Fortnite

How To Limit Fortnite

  Moms vs. Fortnite.  The Universal Struggle, and I mean Universal!   When we were in El Salvador visiting family over Christmas, guess what?  Kids there are addicted too!   So, what's a Mom to do?  Zillions of kids in the world come home after school...

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