First day of school Maybe the quote "pride goeth before a fall" is all too true. Just Saturday morning I was patting myself on the back that it was the last weekend before the children start school and all the school supplies were purchased, new shoes had been broken in, and hair cuts were just the way they should be. The only thing left was to purchase a new lunch box (apparently a first grader wouldn't be caught on the school bus with the one that was perfectly acceptable last year) and a thermos set, so that we can pack healthy lunches instead of the school lunches that caused some parental dismal last year. We had started our back to school bedtimes and things were looking good until my freezer died.
What does a freezer have to do with back to school you ask? It means Saturday I ended up fridge/freezer shopping instead of thermos lunch box shopping. It means Sunday I am cleaning out a fridge and awaiting delivery of the new one. The domino's of my carefully planned weekend are falling. Our delivery
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First day of school Maybe the quote "pride goeth before a fall" is all too true. Just Saturday morning I was patting myself on the back that it was the last weekend before the children start school and all the school supplies were purchased, new shoes had been broken in, and hair cuts were just the way they should be. The only thing left was to purchase a new lunch box (apparently a first grader wouldn't be caught on the school bus with the one that was perfectly acceptable last year) and a thermos set, so that we can pack healthy lunches instead of the school lunches that caused some parental dismal last year. We had started our back to school bedtimes and things were looking good until my freezer died.Read More »from Did Mom get an "F" on the first day of school?
- Lisa Carey | Parenting – Tue, Aug 2, 2011 8:46 PM EDT
Like many families our family goes on vacation during summer vacation. As we get seated on our Frontier Airlines flight, things are looking good. We actually have a whole row across, but I do feel a little sorry for the stranger at the window seat. However, within minutes our travel plans "flying through the air with the greatest of ease." I hear a grinding, roaring unusual sound and then silence. For those that travel frequently you know that no noise is not a good thing when on a plan. Our plan dips and curves, and I have traveled enough to know that this is a very bad thing.Read More »from Bird in engine and emergency landing makes me reach for my emergency travel pack
The captain comes on, "Flight deck prepare for landing." This comes as a great surprise as we have only been in the air for maybe 5 minutes. We limp and bump back onto the ground at Hobby Airport in Houston and are instructed to remain seated. We soon learn that thanks to a bird, our engine blew out and our flight is now "delayed." As everyone leaves the plane we wonder what will happen next, especially since
It is difficult to find time to be alone with your teen. My ex-husband and I share-parent which means that sometimes she is with me, sometimes with him. When she isn't she is with friends, or working, school or at sports. Between her schedule, my schedule and younger siblings it is hard to find time to be alone with my teenage daughter, but it is important. There are things I want to talk about. There are things she wants to talk about. So how do we meet in the middle of so many schedules? Our answer is girl's night out.Read More »from Finding time with my teen: Girl's night out
Now when you think of "girl's night out" you may be thinking of a break in a busy mom's schedule where she can actually go out with some friends for a movie, coffee, shopping or simply have time that doesn't belong to everyone else. Sure, I do that too on occasion. But the girl's night out I really look forward to are the nights when my teen and out head out "on the town."
Dress to impress She likes to dress up, it gives her a chance to visit the grown up world of
- Lisa Carey | Parenting – Mon, Jul 4, 2011 2:58 AM EDT
The potty chair - Don't leave home without it. Quite some time ago, when I first had to start potty training my youngest I purchased a portable potty chair that could be in the car. This was at the sound advice of another mom, who while at the park was the only one prepared for that horror of all play date horrors -- a park without a bathroom. Realizing that yes, it probably is difficult to train two little girls at the same time to go potty when you don't always have one available I purchased one that is just for the car. I could use it in hotels when we were on vacation as well as for road trips (hey it's Houston driving to the Children's Museum is a road trip) when I may not be able to quickly find a clean bathroom for the girls to use.Read More »from User Post: Yes, that is a potty chair in my minivan!
Now, this may sound slightly gross, but for any parent who has tried to potty train you understand the need for instant gratification. So, for this on the go family having a potty chair in the minivan only makes sense.
Now that my children are trained, I recently considered getting rid of the
Super Green Girl and Guy to the Rescue While trying to live a "greener" lifestyle I also want to teach my daughters a few simple habits that will last them a lifetime, and hopefully last the environment a lifetime too. So we created a game called the "Super Green Girl to the Rescue!"Read More »from Super Green Girl to the Rescue!
How do you turn two little girls into super green girls? It's simple, and a great deal more effective than constantly reminding them to turn off the lights, water, television or computer or many of the other instructions as parents we give each day. Whenver you have something that needs to be done that your children could help you do that is good for the environment call upon your super green girl (or guy).
Walking out the door and want to make sure all the lights are turned off while you let the dog out one last time? Super green girl or guy to the rescue. They move through the house making sure that lights are turned off.
Is the water running while they brush their teeth? Super green girl or guy to the rescue! What would
- Lisa Carey | Parenting – Tue, Jun 14, 2011 7:42 PM EDT
Easy Flag Day Craft June 14th is Flag Day. You may be wondering, why is there a "Flag Day" when we already have the 4th of July. Well, actually Flag Day provides us with a day to celebrate the history of our country's flag, the changes it has undergone as our country grew as well as the many important reasons for raising and honoring our flag. It reportedly began in 1889 when a New York City school teacher decided to make "Flag Day" a class project of sorts to teach the class important lessons in history. President Truman signed an act of Congress in 1949 that declared June 14th officially "Flag Day."Read More »from Flag Day fun: Easy make your own flag for the family
In honor of "Flag Day" our summer school day features the flag. We talked about the "stars and stripes" on the United States flag and why they are there. We talked about of Texas flag and it's symbol of one star. So in honor of Flag Day we celebrate the specialness of a flag by creating one at home.
To celebrate Flag Day with and easy craft your family you need a few simple items:
8 1/2 x 11 paper - we
- Lisa Carey | Summer Time Fun – Thu, Jun 9, 2011 5:03 PM EDT
Sweet dreams I admit, I'm not really a morning person. You of course adjust for work, especially when you are rising but not shining at say 5am in order to get to work on time. So, this summer I was as bad as a teenager with my hopes and dreams of sweet dreams past our normal 6:30/7:00 am wake up call during the school year. This would be the first year since I was a teen (many moons ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth) that there was the chance that I would get to sleep late. Since I am a WAHM who works until late at night I was especially looking forward to catching some extra ZZZ's. But I was wrong.Read More »from User Post: I was looking forward to sleeping late in the sweet summer time: Weren't you?
I have a early bird. One of my children is an early to bed (if I am lucky) and early to rise child. While I love my "Good morning momma" greeting, a hug and a kiss from my daughter, it would be nice if it was just a little later in the morning.
I have a hard working man. I am very lucky that I do. It's just too bad that his boss doesn't understand that I would like to sleep in a little later and
The Princess and the P: Potty trainingIt doesn't matter what you call it; pee, poop, poo, or potty, it all means the same thing - stress while you hope that your child quickly and easily learns how to potty. But, whatever your reason for potty training use these four "P's" to get you through the day no matter what potty training method you are using:Read More »from The princess and the P: Potty training power
Pride goeth before a fall.
I don't know which one feels prouder, the parent or the child when potty training finally occurs. Parents anticipate the day that they will no longer have to carry that heavy diaper bag, searching frantically for a clean spot to change their child's dirty diaper without exposing them to all kinds of germs. Children are just proud of their accomplishments! Remember to celebrate the potty training accomplishments, but also remember that sometimes there will still be accidents. After all Rome wasn't built in a day and neither does potty training. (Although for the rare lucky ones it does).
Children learn at their own pace and in their
- Lisa Carey | Parenting – Sun, May 29, 2011 5:20 PM EDT
Parenting crib to college Sometimes I don't know which is easier, parenting preschoolers or parenting a college aged "child." Just yesterday I had something (college tutition) I needed to discuss with my son, who will be 23 next month. I texted him, which is usually the best way to get his attention and then work my way into a phone call. No response. I text again, "I'm sorry r u studying for exams?" Again no response. Thinking he is at work I put it off until later in the day.Read More »from User Post: I'll always be your mom, even when you are an adult in college
Our telephone call:
Hey honey, what are you doing? Studying for exams?
No, I'm on my way to OSU (Ohio State University)
How come? (Now don't get me wrong it's not that I don't want him to go he does need some downtime he is a college student and works two jobs but exam week is next week)
Going with some friends to meet some other friends we went to high school with that go to school there. After all I haven't visited any other colleges.
Mother's thought: Uh what about UK, UT, University of Dayton and University of Houston? But I
- Lisa Carey | Parenting – Sat, May 28, 2011 11:18 PM EDT
Because I said so. Why oh why do children ask WHY? Everything you do, everything you say, every decision you make and even my youngest will say "Why? Or some other question. When I was young, I promised myself I would never say, "Because I said so!" but times have changed and I now have four children. Sometimes "Because I said so" is all I have time to say.
For example, last week I said, "Girls. Hey Vanessa is going to babysit you Saturday night." They love this babysitter. She plays, they make messes and she cleans them up. Instead of "Hooray!" I get, "Why mommy?" My answer, "Daddy and I have a date." Child's response "Oh no not another date!" Now it's not like we get a date every week. We don't even get to have a date every month. Next they tag team me "Why do you need a date?" "Why can't we go with you?" and "Why is it next Saturday?"
Now, trust me I know that asking questions is healthy. It's part of every child's mental and emotional development. I want my children to challengeRead More »from Why it's okay to say "Because I said so" when your child asks "Why?"