MUNCHKIN ROADS: Bridging Over No-Troubles Water to Brownies

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Big weekend for Munchkin#2. Most of the time, Munchkin#1 has all of the extra-curricular activities. But other than theatre, M2 only participates in something she holds dear to her heart. Girl Scouts! This is the one activity that her older sister isn't involved in, so she holds her head high knowing that M1 can't do what she can. I'm assuming this is something that the youngest child in families typically feels. Being the oldest, I'm looking at this relationship between siblings differently ... [ Read More ]

6 Signs You Might be Shopping with a 2nd Grader

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For the past eight years I have struggled with taking my children grocery shopping. I love my girls, but their behavior in public is like getting stabbed in the ears with chopsticks. Their indoor voices aren’t their strong suit. In fact, for years I’ve tried everything to make sure they aren’t with me when I’m at the supermarket. I’ve even written about their behavior in a book I co-authored – but did that change them? Nope. If the kids are invited to a play date, I’ll grab my list, drop ... [ Read More ]

How to Best Clean Indoor Air for the Allergic Child

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(This post was sponsored by The Blogger Collective) The hay fever season is over; the trees are not pollinating your sinuses, yet your child still has allergy symptoms. Perhaps it isn’t what is going on outdoors, but inside your house the allergens lurk. Thankfully, with persistence and consistency you can make home smelling “Home Sweet Home” for any allergic child. Perennial allergic rhinitis, also known as year-round inflammation of the nose, consists of several indoor allergens. The ... [ Read More ]

Munchkin #2 Presents: “Mimi Cheesey Goes to the Hospital”

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Something terrifying occurred to me today. We here in the Midwest are into summer break now one month. ONE MONTH!!! Do you know what that means? I still have nine weeks of not knowing what on earth to do to keep my kids entertained. You would think after several years, I'd have a clue how to figure these things out. But I'm not a planner. I don't have a full calendar of events scheduled. Usually, I'm not even sure what I'm supposed to do after my coffee. God bless those overachieving ... [ Read More ]

The Plight of the Dangler

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I come from a long line of danglers. Both my grandmothers dangled, my great-grandmother who only ate cottage cheese and carrot sticks was a dangler. And having two girls of my own, the probability of one of them dangling is dang good. What is a dangler, you ask? If you were sitting in the bathroom stall next to mine, it would be quite obvious what problem I struggle with (other than dangling prepositions). I am short. My feet can’t reach the floor in any adult-sized chair. ... [ Read More ]

Grass is Always Greener on the Golf Course

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(This post is sponsored by The Blogger Collective.) When I moved out of the house into the dormitory freshman year of college, my folks decided it was time to start a new chapter of their lives. They bought a beautiful home on one of our town’s golf courses and then conveniently forgot to give me a key. True story. Only a little bitter now. Sometime during my first or second year, they gave up a copy of their house key – but it probably was when they needed me to feed the cats while ... [ Read More ]

Baby Staying Safe in the Summer Sun: Understanding SPF

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Do you miss the sun throughout the winter but in the summer months feel like you should live in a cave to protect your infant’s delicate skin from the sun? You are not alone in your frustration. A cave may not be necessary, but the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that sun protection should begin in infancy and continue throughout life. However, the AAD warns, “It may only take 15 minutes of midday summer sun to burn a fair-skinned (child).” Dr. Aundria Speropoulos, a pediatrician ... [ Read More ]

Getting off my Bucket: I Spy Ladies Who Laser Tag

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I’ve been afraid of guns for decades. Ever since a tragic accident killed a beloved young boy a few blocks from my childhood home, I’ve steered clear of all firing arms. While recently constructing my Bucket List, shooting activities never crossed my mind. Why would I need to fire a firearm before I die? Sounded like a bad miniseries just waiting to happen. But how would I live out my Charlie’s Angels fantasy without fashioning a weapon? No gun ranges for this mom and Paint Ball seemed ... [ Read More ]

My Dream Home isn’t Pink and Plastic

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(This post was sponsored by The Blogger Collective) Last Christmas, Santa brought my daughter the new and fabulous Barbie Dream House. A far cry from the one my back yard neighbor had, but the excitement was comparable. Not only does the 2013 version have a working elevator and doorbell, it has so many new features from when I was playing with everything pink and plastic. The kitchen has a recycling bin, a blender that makes noise and an oven light. I remember my friends having a stove, ... [ Read More ]

Fear of Needles: The Bigger the Patient, the Faster They Fall

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(This post was sponsored by The Blogger Collective) Many years ago, I worked as a full-time registered nurse in a primary care teen clinic. We treated all kids who had gone through puberty; up through the time they finished high school. Let’s just say, I learned a lot! I was one of two nurses who were there daily for eight years, so I felt I got enough experience with teenagers. Because of that I’ve advised my munchkins to skip that pesky adolescence phase because I don’t need to go ... [ Read More ]

Need a Relaxing Stay-cation? Send Kids to Camp!

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(This post is sponsored by The Bloggers Collective) You are a couple weeks into summer with all your kids home 24/7, so you naturally start to contemplate going crazy as a good alternative, just so you can have a room to yourself at the psych hospital. Can you relate?! The skilled parent (of whom I can only name on one hand) will have planned activities for every week, so that there aren’t constant whines of, “I’m bored!” Come on! What would summer be without the soul ... [ Read More ]