Guess what….. I LIKE my children

I was in the store the other day and heard a mom talking to her children, there were three of them, and she wasn’t being very nice. Now I am not condemning her, there are many things that could have happened prior to me coming upon them, but all I could think is that – at that moment, this mom didn’t like her children. Now I too have my moments where I don’t feel good and don’t like much of anything or anyone. But I pray that I never talk to my children in a manner that makes them or … Continue reading Guess what….. I LIKE my children

Spring has sprung: what “normal” families do on Spring Break

This week has dawned: Spring Break. The weather is just gorgeous and we have no money, we are moving to a different house in two weeks and not all my children have Spring Break at the same time. So what do I do with the three that do? Well, yesterday we slept in…..oh what a joy, what a luxury, what a blessing- we were all up by 7:30, well all but the dog. He was the only sane one of the lot. Today we have two of our favorite kids, old neighbors, coming to play all day and all night and … Continue reading Spring has sprung: what “normal” families do on Spring Break

Those blasted years….between 13-19. The Teenage years.

Teenagers. To some of us the very word brings hefty sighs, queasy stomachs, wild memories and to a few of you, fond thoughts of either your teenage years or your child’s teenage years (very few, I am sure). They should come with owner manuals for each one. We have five children and one is on her way out of these years, one is firmly ensconced in it and one is on the way in. Our eldest daughter is now 19. Her “teen” years were actually rather smooth. We had our moody moments, rolling of eyes, snootiness and talking back but … Continue reading Those blasted years….between 13-19. The Teenage years.

The Lingering Effects of Being Bullied

“I was bullied!” It breaks my heart and takes my breath away when I hear my daughter Rebecca tell people this. “I hate the name _______(bully’s name). Because it scares me.” I posted last year about all the troubles we were having with my daughter and her “bully” and I received a bunch of responses. The good, the bad and the ugly. We did all sorts of interventions: with her teacher, the school counselor, the Special Ed teacher, the Vice Principal, the Principal and then finally with the Superintendent of Elementary Schools. All to no good outcome. We were frustrated, to … Continue reading The Lingering Effects of Being Bullied

Pros and Cons of packing your own school lunches

As with anything there are pros and cons of packing your own school lunches. A big Pro is the fact that it costs less to pack your own lunch than it does to buy the school lunches. Although school lunches don’t tend to be too expensive. But you can buy a loaf of bread, a package of deli meat, a large bag of chips and a box of juices (10 lunches, that is less than 30c/juice) and only spend the amount of may be 4 or 5 school lunches. So for 10+ home-made lunches, that you are pretty guaranteed will … Continue reading Pros and Cons of packing your own school lunches

Taking care of the summer blahs

We are going to make a kaleidoscope! And we are going to have fun!!! Just kidding. Not about making the kaleidoscope. We are going to look around the house and get some fun, colorful things for our kaleidoscope. Beads, sequins, paper clips, colored tissue cut into small pieces,  it’s best if they are reflective and/or see through. We need: paper towel tubes and then cut them down to 8″ long. Black construction paper, cut to the size of the end of the PT tube, with a small eye hole cut out or punched out Saran wrap and wax paper cut to 4×4 Clear heavy duty plastic … Continue reading Taking care of the summer blahs