7th Birthday Preparation

As parents we suffer through many labors of love: parent participation classes, over-priced kid attractions like Jump-n-Joey’s or arcade games, standing in line for 40 minutes only because you had promised to do so, and so many more. This next weekend is yet another one of these labors. Riley is hosting her 7th birthday party at our house. You read that right. At our house. (more…)

Stand by Your Words

Your kids have been bad this past week, haven’t they? Don’t worry; all the kids were bad this past week. I thought we were living an episode of The Twilight Zone. Turns out my theory wasn’t too far off. I was told by a rather chipper woman, who obviously did not have kids, that Mars is (or was?) in retrograde. Whatever the case, kids have been brats. Mine, yours, hers. All the kids. So, this is a good time for a PSA: To survive motherhood, you must mean what you say and stand by your words. (more…)

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Ali and I wanted to hike during our Michigan vacation. And who can blame us? Have you seen those gorgeous forests and irresistible scenic views? But we had a problem: the girls. We knew ahead of time that our hike was guaranteed to be interrupted by three things: whining, more whining, and someone getting hurt after the whining didn’t have the intended effect. But we were determined and so we set about problem-solving. Threats never work, bribery works only unreliably, and indifference leads to exponential bad behavior. But, distraction might do the trick. (more…)