Category Archives: parenting

I Don’t Need a Sticker.

It’s nothing new; it’s good old-fashioned common sense. “Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.” The book is an … Continue reading

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Benefits of Risk Taking…Even on the Playground.

If you fall down, get back up. If you scrape your knee, get a Band-Aid.    Or don’t. Now go play like we used to do.

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I Wouldn’t Eat Cereal out of that Bowl.

My dog poops a lot. Dr. OZ would say she’s very healthy. Our backyard (and front yard and side yard) are full of evidence. When I walk my dog, I always pick up the evidence. But in my backyard? I … Continue reading

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Please Dont Help My Kids – Alameda, CA Patch

“Children need to be challenged and pushed, not to the point where they give up but to the point where they think, “Wow, look at me go!” – Robert John Meehan   Related articles Please Don’t Help My Kids – … Continue reading

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Perspective 101

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Going up the wrong way.

“I used to be against slide climbing.” The Golden Gleam: Benefits of Climbing Slides {Outdoor Play Party}. P.S.  I also believe in jumping off swings and hanging upside down on monkey bars. The kids may break a few bones, but they’d heal.  … Continue reading

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Free K-Cups to Lucky Applicant.

Middle-aged mom is looking for a local 20-something girl to spoil. The lucky applicant will have access to daily doses of k cups, free internet access, and leftovers in ready-to-go Tupperware containers. Said applicant must be willing to call me (or at least … Continue reading

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Reading. Writing. Socializing.

Katie says “…I accept every child where they are. I do not spend a moment blaming their home life, their preschool teacher, their environment, etc…. There is no sense in blaming or wishing they were any different. That just wastes time … Continue reading

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50 Rules for Dads of Daughters

Rule #1 “Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her … Continue reading

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You want me to Share? Yeah, I don’t do that.

We  already know that parents tend to be hypocritical when it comes to rules. Try not to hold it against them as most of their actions are born from a crippling fear that they’ll raise an embarrassment. Click here for the … Continue reading

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