udcheer7, 8, 9, 10... it was always my dream to be a cheerleader. I'm not certain of a reason, perhaps because of the attention, or the drama, or the fact that fairy tales make cheerleaders out to be so perfect. This isn't a surprise for most. I'm not perfect, but I'm spirited, usually have a positive outlook and am very enthusiastic.
Freshman through Senior years in high school, I lived that dream. Showing off my braces, yelling for the Cards. You remember right? I was Miss "Go UD!" My school could do no wrong. Our tiled floors were paved in gold, our windows crystal and our mascot wore a velour jumpsuit. Or. In my mind it was. Everything was perfect. I lived a sheltered life. Extremely sheltered.
What do I dream for my daughter? I dream that she'll inherit the same positive outlook, the enthusiasm for things she loves and the spirit to be a team player.
I dream that she'll support the things she believes in: whether they're a football team, a concept she is determined to prove and
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udcheer7, 8, 9, 10... it was always my dream to be a cheerleader. I'm not certain of a reason, perhaps because of the attention, or the drama, or the fact that fairy tales make cheerleaders out to be so perfect. This isn't a surprise for most. I'm not perfect, but I'm spirited, usually have a positive outlook and am very enthusiastic.Read More »from Parenting Guru: Dreams for my daughter
Its time to spice up your winter outerwear! Even when bundling up, we all need to look chic. Here, a few ways to beat the mid-winter blahs and add some sassy to your outdoor style.
You need a coat. A warm coat. In fact, you probably want more than one. There's the ski/snowplay/shoveling coat:
Next, stock up on gloves (because you're bound to lose at least one) lorisshoes
(does anyone have these? Ugg gloves? Do share!)and hats.
Julie Meyers Pron is a Shine! Parenting Guru and a member of the Yahoo! Mother Board. Her weekly Mom Chic column is posted every Friday on her blog, Just Precious. Follow herRead More »from Mom Chic: Add some sassy to your outerwear
Have you ever tried sitting down and discussing something with your children, only to learn that their definition of the topic you are discussing is so remotely different than your's that you have to sit back and just listen to the amazing conversation that follows?Read More »from Parenting Guru: Dreams and our future
It happened, recently, in my home with my 5- and 7-year-old boys. I told them I wanted to talk about goals and asked them what words they thought of when I said "goal." The five-year-old, Middle, told me they're scary. I sat, shocked, wondering why a 5-year-old would fear a goal. I had expected the topic might turn to sports, but to something scary?
Attempting to save the converstation and turn it around, I asked about dreams. "What do you think of when I say dream?"
Middle shared that dreams are really scary. Sometimes he has to come in at night and cuddle with us because the dreams are so scary. "Sometimes the scary ghosts are in them, too," he told me, very proud of himself. He continued telling me about happy dreams
- Julie Meyers Pron | Work + Money – Mon, Jan 10, 2011 2:31 AM EST
Raise your hand if "get organized" is on your resolution list. Your next step is finding a method that works, and sticking to it. This system, as described by a mom of three children (ages 7, 5 and 1), took time to create, and even longer to make a habit. Its not fail-free. No plan is because we all have different styles and schedules and no one can adapt another's organization plan exactly.
Creating an organization plan it takes a lot of time. Here's this mom's system to adapt and learn to use, and, eventually, rely on the habit.
For about 5 years, I relied on my MomAgenda Desktop . It went everywhere with me. I loved the desktop because it had sections for each child, so I recorded all of my kids appointments, events and activities, as well as my own. I tried to use my phones but always fell back to the MomAgenda for the hard-copy and having the ability to have it open and in front of me.
Its only within the past 2 months that I've switched to using Google Calendar. Read More »from Parenting Guru: How moms can orgainze their every days
- Julie Meyers Pron | Parenting – Wed, Jan 5, 2011 6:37 AM EST
While I'd prefer to listen to the news or a discussion show on the radio over music, having kids I've given in to beats and singalongs. The challenge has been finding music that I'm willing to listen to, again and again. With a 6-disk CD-player in the car, here's what's playing this week.
Justin Roberts' Pop Fly was received as a sample years ago and its remained a favorite. We love listening and singing along to the songs about the every day.
I was crazy, going to the mall on a Saturday in December with 2 kids.... to make returns. We ran into a problem. We got hungry. So we ventured to the food court. The very busy foodcourt. I made it "simple", ordering food for all 3 of us at the pizza place. Balancing all 3 slices, plus two drinks, on a tray, and 3 shopping bags. Middle attempted to push the stroller, but as he nearly hit 3 people, I grabbed the stroller and, attempting patience, asked him to just walk with me. An older man approached me.Read More »from Kindness all around
"Can I help you with that?" he asked.
"No, thanks. We'll be..." I replied while looking out at the packed food court and no open tables or chairs. I sighed. "Actually. Yes. I would really appreciate that." I handed him my tray. "Except," I continued, "I don't think there are any tables and I'm not going to ask you to wait. You know what? Maybe we'll just find a place and stand."
"NO!" shouted Middle. "I won't stand!"
"That's okay," the man said. "I'll help you." As we weaved through
- Julie Meyers Pron | Parenting – Mon, Dec 20, 2010 7:44 AM EST
This is the 3rd week that I've reported Amazon's most popular toy sales in the 23rd hour on Sunday night. I did this as a psuedo-experiment. I started out wanting to know what the real most popular toys would be this year, versus all of the gift guides and hot toy lists. But its also turned out to be quite an opportunity to learn about sales and how they effect people's buying habits.
Earlier Sunday, around 11 am, I snuck a peak at the best selling toys list. Othello was a surprise there. Who'd have expected Othello? Its a game that gets no media attention, it has no celebrity endorsement, and its not bright plastic colors with bells, whistles and batteries. Its Othello.
Othello was on sale all day today for $4.99. The game is now one of the biggest sellers. Way to go, Amazon.com. You brought a toy back from the dead.
New to the list tonight:
When I posted last week about Amazon's hottest toys, as reported Sunday night, I was pretty sure the list would remain consistent through the holiday season. This week, about half the list is the same. I'll be very interested to see what's hot next Sunday, the final weekend before Christmas. Here are this week's new items:
Color Wonder Sound StudioCrayola Color Wonder Sound Studio Chris Byrne said Thursday night that this was a great toy. Crayola did it right again. Crayola Wonder creates markers and paints that don't show the color unless used on their special paper. So if paint or marker ends up on clothing or the wall, no one will ever know. The Sound Studio makes noises as the child creates. Pretty fun!
HeadbanzHedbanz GameI hadn't heard of this toy til tonight, but it sounds awfully familiar... like an icebreaker we giggled about in high school. But. Wait. We did that with 3 x 5 cards, a marker and our hands to hold the cards on our foreheads. And the creator's minds actually created what the cards said, Read More »from User post: Sunday's hottest toys at Amazon
Pilates Exercise Video class, Image by myyogaonline via FlickrStress. Do you feel it? In your neck? In your shoulders? Taking over your body?
Moms. We need to destress. When we don't, it's very possible that we'll get more stressed. Or sick. Or just sick and tired. (Want proof? I came down with Shingles last spring in a crazy, stressful period.)
I used to destress at my pilates class. But, lately, I've been bringing my Droid in with me, turning off the sound and checking my emails about half way through class. Friday, I accidentally left my phone in the car. I almost ran Read More »from Parenting Guru: Holiday stress? Breathe in...
- Pilates Exercise Video class, Image by myyogaonline via FlickrStress. Do you feel it? In your neck? In your shoulders? Taking over your body?
With so many Best Gift Gift Guides being posted ( I'm posting a few gift guides on Just Precious, too) full of opinions, its pretty helpful to know what people are actually buying this season. I found a listing of Amazon's most popular selling toys of the moment: Sunday, December 5 at 9 pm EST. Perhaps this list will give you an idea of the real hot gifts
Scrabble Flash Cubes. I haven't played this one yet. But with its 4-star rating, and it being an amazon top seller this past pre-holiday weekend, I knew it was something to check out. It sounds like a quick, easy version of Scrabble. But it only uses words that are 3-5 letters long. I'm not sure how much I'd like that. It seems to take a lot of the challenge out of one of my favorite games.
Qwirkle Board Game. My Mother-in-Law bought this for Big last year for Christmas. She thought it sounded like a great game because "the name made me laugh." Its been a year and we've never opened the box. It ranks 5-stars and is forRead More »from User post: Amazon's Hottest Toys This Weekend