A calm mom. This is what I strive to be. A calm person for my children. A space of quiet and peace in an otherwise busy and often chaotic world. The word strive above is very important, because goodness knows sometimes it is just so hard. Long, long ago when […]

Three Things I Do That Make Me a Calm Mom



In this month’s British Medical Journal, there’s a report on a study demonstrating the relationship of sleep to brain development in kids. It is called the Millennium cohort Study, and it followed 11,000 children. Those children who demonstrated irregular bedtimes up to the age of three were the most negatively […]

Sleep Critically Affects Childhood Brain Development



Picture this. It’s getting late and you get a call from your teenager while they’re out with friends. They sound hesitant and a little edgy, but when you press they assure you everything’s fine. The next day, you find out your child drank alcohol or tried drugs for the first […]

Dad Receives Coded Text Message from Son, Immediately Rushes to Help Him


One thing that stands out to me in the schools where I work is that you never see a good old fashioned chalkboard anymore!  Gone are the days of feeling that chalky dust all over your hands, racing classmates to finish math facts on the chalkboard, and clapping out the […]

Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface


Whether your child has a slow-burning fuse or explodes like a firecracker at the slightest provocation, every child can benefit from anger management skills. As parents, we lay the foundation for this skill set by governing our own emotions in the face an angry outburst. To read the full article […]

26 Phrases to Help Calm Your Child When She’s Angry





Supplies: paper plate small piece of cardboard blue paint pink paint (or color you’d like to paint your jellyfish) paintbrush (We love sponge brushes!) colorful yarn googly eyes stickers jumbo craft stick with sticky adhesive (We received these from our friends at craftprojectideas.com. All opinions expressed are my own. You […]

Paper Plate Swimming Jellyfish Craft



Materials: – Large roll white paper (we used photography seamless paper) – Markers (we used washable markers in case any got on the floors for easy clean up. You can also use crayons) – Painter’s tape Check out how to do them here!

Create Giant Kid Size Spirograph Drawings


Here’s a simple paper roll fish craft you can make and as a bonus you get to upcycle your cardboard tubes at the same time. You will need: • one painted recycled cardboard tube per fish (you can use a paper towel roll cut down to size or a toilet roll, both […]

Paper Roll Fish Recycling Craft










No, I don’t have a job, and no, I can’t pick up your phone call. Just text me. Ya feel me? “Who are you, the President?” It was my dad’s joking retort. I’d just told him I had 7 minutes to talk. I was about to turn into preschool car […]

4 Reasons Your Call to a Stay-at-Home Mom Goes to Voicemail




By now you may have heard about the progress report my younger daughter came home with several years ago that said: “Distracted in large groups.” You may also know (or can relate to) the fact that this comment did not surprise me. Since she was a toddler, this child has […]

Shaming the Distracted Child Only Hurts Our World