I always enjoyed getting the candy along with the Valentine's Day cards from my classmates when I was in school (but mostly it was the candy I was after). For the second consecutive year the kids in my younger son's school are not allowed to bring food or candy to distribute with their Valentines. . . .
When my daughter suggested inviting friends over for a caroling party I jumped on the idea. It's been a minute since we could do anything like that and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to have a holiday party this year. Then my mind got around to food/drink for the kids and a hot cocoa bar idea . . .
One thing about becoming a more "seasoned" parent I never fully appreciated is the bigger the kids, the bigger the problems. In addition to my taxi driver/carpool duties, I'm a collector of my kids' emotional "garbage". My garbage collection shift begins at 3:30 everyday and starts with the . . .
We've been working really hard at helping our youngest child embrace books. He is a reluctant reader but after eliminating screen time for him a few months ago he is starting to turn to books more. Sometimes he reads them on his own. Sometimes he has Alexa read the audio book as he follows along . . .
We spent Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day weekend in Chicago. Chicago is a vibrant city with beautiful parks and pathways along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River -- right in the heart of the city. There's a museum for any and all interests and there's a lot of history to learn about the . . .
It's officially fall and that means it's time to start planning for holiday cards. I love giving and receiving family holiday cards and I hope that tradition never goes away. I love seeing how the kids and families grow and change from year to year. But it is a very stressful endeavor for all . . .