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Unscripted time means family time

January 23, 2013 – 6:19 am

Most weekends in the Reese house – OK just about ALL weekends in the Reese house – are unscripted, few, if any, plans in the place.
For the Reese children, weekends often mean playing outdoors, reading, …

Team mom or soccer coach? Which role do you play?

August 9, 2012 – 12:12 pm

My 7-year-old daughter announced this she wants to play soccer for a fifth year in a row. We’re signed up and ready for our season, which begins in October.
Here’s the catch: Last year, I was …

Ready, set … start the school year!

August 7, 2012 – 7:03 am

While my kids have been in classes for a couple of weeks now (I helped make photocopies of blank quarterly report cards yesterday), the vast majority of East Valley students head back to school this …

Would you pay a fee for your child to enter a restaurant?

November 30, 2011 – 10:24 am

Last night I took the kids out to eat, sort of. We hit a local Mexican restaurant for take out, but I did have to take all three kids in with me to collect my …

This mom’s best friend: the kitchen timer

October 18, 2011 – 4:24 pm

OK, busy moms, what tools do you use to keep you focused, on time and sane?
My No. 1 tool is simple – the timer on the microwave. I use it in the morning as a …

Holiday aftermath: How do you put the house back in order?

December 29, 2010 – 10:37 am

A friend posted a one-liner on her Facebook page the day after Christmas: “Collapse.”
Yup, I felt the same way!
With our hustle and bustle from one family to the next complete, we arrived home about 9, …

Sometimes a mom's got to turn the other cheek

December 3, 2009 – 3:59 pm

I’ve walked around all day with a mark on my jeans. And to be honest, I have no idea when it got there, but I certainly know the culprit!
Note to my 4-year-old daughter: If you …

Check your pocket before rummaging through the garbage

September 20, 2009 – 1:31 pm

Sometimes moms hear words of wisdom: from other moms, their own moms, or even strangers.
Here’s mine from a Saturday running errands with the kids:
• Before sticking your hand down a garbage can at a local …

What's the right balance of sports and activities for kids?

July 28, 2009 – 10:53 am

So when do you go with the desire of a child or make a decision for him?
My husband and I have always believed in exposing our two kids – now 4 and 7 – to …