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Finding peace while washing the dishes

August 31, 2011 – 1:57 pm |

When my husband and I married and sought our first apartment, there was one requirement: a dishwasher. Prior to marrying, we each lived in homes or apartments that did NOT have a dishwasher. So we’d …

What time do your children finish homework each night?

August 30, 2011 – 11:55 am |

The homework routine has definitely changed in the Reese home this year. For the past few years, my kids have spent two to nearly three hours after school at their campus’ after-hours program. But now …

What books are your kids reading?

August 22, 2011 – 9:10 am |

I read through a list of suggested books by Parenting.com this morning and realized: Yea, we aren’t even making a dent on the classics.
The list is wonderful – I remember some of them from my …

When a mistake is made, mommy patience pays off

August 21, 2011 – 7:00 am |

I could have scolded. I could have punished.
But the sobbing tears of the 6 year old in front of me told, without a doubt, she knew wrong had been done.
So I took her in my …

Soccer, gymnastics, tutoring, chess: How much is too much?

August 16, 2011 – 9:51 am |

With the start of the school year, my big kids (9 and 6) also add a few activities to the calendar.
And I’m guessing I’m not alone.
The kids have been in once-a-week gymnastics class since 2009. …

A clean kitchen: What makes my day better

August 11, 2011 – 10:12 am |

I spent two hours Tuesday night cleaning my kitchen. Not scrubbing it, mind you, but putting away papers, throwing out trash, removing debris, loading the dozens of dirty dishes into the washer.
It was the night …

How did your kids’ first day of school go?

August 10, 2011 – 12:24 pm |

I’m not much of a poet, but here’s a short version of our first day of school morning.

Back-to-school: Who is more anxious?

August 9, 2011 – 7:04 am |

After attending meet-the-teacher night recently, I think I’m more anxious about my two big kids starting school than they are.
They were very excited to see familiar faces on the class lists. My daughter is entering …

Teaching kids about money

August 5, 2011 – 10:53 am |

Trying to make dollars make sense to my kids is proving to be a challenge.
Money is something they always want (hey, they’re kids!) and so we’re teaching them that they’re going to have to earn …

Working part time means this mom can breathe

August 3, 2011 – 12:43 am |

“You look so much more relaxed,” my friend said to me after a cup of coffee last week.
I didn’t think of it that way, but she’s right.
After working full time with three kids for 10 …