Thursday, August 3, 2017

TBT! B2SCHOOL PREP! (Column Related)

Rainy days are good for writing (and reading).
3 years ago my two little ones found themselves reminiscing in the library with books they read when they were little.  Top of the list? The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss. When she was a little girl I thought she’d never read…but after hundreds, probably thousands of books, she decided she’d learn to read this one. I can’t believe she will be a junior this year and he in 8th grade. Time flies when you’re having fun!
It seems hard to believe that even my home computer screen saver is outdated when I look at the little angelic faces I’ve been raising pop up on there. I think about the most special times with each of them (the importance of one on one dates with the kids). I think about what they used to say and do. I think about how I sometimes wondered as a single mom how we would get through. 

We always did.

Today I’ve decided to do Throw Back Thursday and share my August News Herald Ohio County Kids Column (page 5).

"Goodnight Gorilla"
If you're looking for one of the best pieces of parenting advice and/or time investment, I’d have to say hands down it’s reading to (and with) your kids. 

I've done it since my nearly 20 year old was an infant. She can’t travel without a book and doesn’t go a day without opening one. Reading is the one thing you can do to cover so many things with your kids. One on one personal time. Teaching one of the most important skills needed to succeed in life. An insight into yourself via playing the character in a book and/or sharing your favorite stories. Equipping your child with something which they will use forever and the time and attention which comes along with stopping the rat race, chaos and digital lives we live in.

Please read the column and search other similar topics on this blog. Join me this weekend for a much desired and celebrated digital sabbatical as we go on our annual camping trip (where there are no phones which get reception, no wifi for the computers and definitely no races…just lazy happy days).




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Spending Time Outside at Lake Erie Bluffs


My recent column for June explains a little more about our times at Lake Erie Bluffs, but for now here are some photos and if you aren't from around here, or haven't ever been out to Perry Township to see the beautiful sight, please make it a goal to.
Peaceful, amazing and fun. Our family has been enjoying getting off our devices and outside to this Ohio Metropark, and we hope you do too!
Nestled here are so many things to enjoy. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Mother (or Father) Defined for Mother’s Day (Column Related)

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Every visit to a beach my son finds me a “heart shaped rock”.
I finally found one for him a couple months ago. After years of him beating me to it.
This time, just a couple of weeks ago, I found one for my daughter :) Long time coming.


If you aren’t a mother, you might not know what it’s like to celebrate Mother’s Day. If you don’t have kids, you might not know what it’s like to be a parent, feel the rewards, watch the growth and enjoy the ride (the rough but worth it ride).

As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s a wonderful time not only for mom to get her day to shine (since it’s not very often she does) but it’s also a great time to define what a mother really is and how important to a child she (or he) can be.

Read on, in my May News-Herald Ohio County Kids Column. 



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