Parenting

Seven Tips For Finding a Vehicle for your Family (and Why It's Important)

I know that buying a vehicle can be costly, and that is why I think it is important to consider your vehicle in family planning. We get really excited and sometimes overwhelmed by everything else when having a child that sometimes we overlook these kinds of things that do end up having an impact on our every day lives. 

Kids, Parenting

The frustrations of Testing

My daughter puts entirely too much pressure on herself and does not like the testing environment. She cried that she did not want to go to school today because she did not want to take the PSSAs. If this continues during the rest of this week and the upcoming weeks of Math and Science PSSAs, I will definitely have to opt her out of PSSAs for next year.

Parenting

The Importance of One on One time

My kids look forward to these times, and I do too. These are the times where the kids open up more about their feelings and what is going on in their lives. Crankles does not do this so much yet, but she is little. It helps you continually bond with your kids and let them know they are special even when sometimes it does not seem like it when a million things are happening at home. As our kids get older, it is our chance to connect or re-connect, to be completely focused on them.

organization, Parenting

Good Goals for the New Year

Every year, I jumped on the bandwagon of setting a New Year’s resolution. This year instead of making a resolution, I made a list of goals. Things I want to accomplish, but not really resolutions. Resolutions are things that tend to be stuck to strictly within the first few weeks of the year and then when we screw up and “fail” we give up entirely. We often backslide even farther than where we started. I am starting with this list of goals for the New Year.

Kids, Parenting

What ADD Feels Like

I am in sensory overload. I can’t stand the volume of my thoughts, let alone the volume of her voice. I am not saying that I hear voices, but someone who truly has ADD, not the myriad of people who are getting over-diagnosed, knows what that feeling is like. When the thoughts in your head are running so very quickly that at times it is like your own brain is shouting at you, it is difficult to tolerate external sound. I have times where I sit in my house once my daughter has gone to bed and just turn everything off and have silence.