During a perfectly pleasant conversation, my daughter abruptly turned serious. “Mom, I need to tell you something.” I can’t tell you all the awful things I imagined to be on the back end of that statement. I was genuinely surprised when she said, “I want a new personality. I want to be goth.” I almost laughed in her face. With relief, of course. What did my little first grader know about being goth?
As I mentioned earlier this week, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday. What better time than this holiday to let those you care about know that you do. And what better way to let those close to you know you care than to bring them a chocolate treat. Okay, I may be specifically targeting the exact way I would want to be shown affection, but still, who is going to turn away chocolate? Chocolate hearts, chocolate balls, solid chocolate, salted chocolate, there are just so many different ways to make a girl feel valued. (more…)
Our Valentine’s Day traditions are usually pretty minimal. Don’t get me wrong. I love Valentine’s Day, but in the wake of the plethora of Christmas traditions, they certainly seem minimal. Typically, we make Valentines for their class party when they receive their class list from daycare, a heart-shaped homemade pizza Valentine’s Day evening, and usually some sort of Valentine’s craft somewhere in the month. (more…)
Being a good parent means teaching our kids the fundamentals of how to succeed in the world, be a good person, and be happy. On this we can all agree. This road, however, is full of so many good intentions that can lead you down the wrong road. The fork between scarred and great character can be very small. Last Saturday, I found myself at one such fork. (more…)
There is one place on Earth that rivals Disney World for me. It can’t match the magic of the Magic Kingdom, but it brings joy to a grown-up’s heart, is filled with the scent of delectable Swedish cooking, and when you are able to show restraint, it’s less expensive than Disney. Have you guessed it yet? Yes, I can only be talking about one place: Ikea. The mecca of affordable furnishings and masters of maximizing small spaces. Who doesn’t enjoy perusing Pinterest-worthy room setups while wiping the remnants of a sticky cinnamon bun from your hand? It’s pure joy. (more…)