Grades Matter But Quality Childhood Matters More!

Starting school is always such a surreal experience for a family. As this annual rite of passage rolls around, I'm reminded of how important it is to help our kids remember they are so much more than the sum of their grades, test scores, and project results! Think back on your childhood. What do you remember? Is it grades? Teachers? Homework amount? Did you have standardized tests, and if so, … [Read more...]

Setting A Good Example For Our Kids

How do you deal with medical “stuff” - tests, news, appointments? Some of us are laid back while others get anxious and uptight. For many, it depends on the circumstance. One thing we can count on, though, our kids will mirror their responses to “medical stuff” after us...a point I don’t think we consider enough, as recent celebrity headlines well illustrate. Take the situation of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s … [Read more...]

The Modern Dad: involved, and just as stressed, as mom!

How was  your Father's Day weekend? Ours was great fun. We love baking so any holiday offers us a time to get creative and tap into our inner "Ace of Cakes" artistic selves. For mom-related holidays, my husband takes the reins and plots with the girls the cake du jour. For dad related-holidays, I'm on deck. In both situations, the end result is always fantastic and great fun but the girls make … [Read more...]

Quote of the Week: can’t we all play nice?

My family has a tradition to give each a cute or whimsical calendar as one of our Christmas presents.  The the goal is fun and laughter...to brighten each other's day as we get through another year. This year, my family found the "Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch" calendar and it is hysterical at times and thought provoking at others. … [Read more...]