Category Archives: Family Life

I Hate School! What’s a Mom to do?

I remember being at an event where I met another little six-year-old who was right at my age.

“I hate school,” I said with all the passion of my being. Let’s just say that my first grade teacher and I were far from compatico.

She liked to talk. And talk. And talk.

I liked to daydream and place myself anywhere except that little desk.

But, seriously…What can you do if your kid hates school?

My Mom is a retired Kindergarten teacher from wayyyy down in south Alabama. I got input from her as well as from a church friend who also has a master’s degree but in middle school.

Here’s what they suggested:

1. Get them involved in an extra-curricular activity that they’re passionate about.

2. Keep the lines of communication up between you and the teacher. Maybe your child is exaggerating, but maybe not.

3. Invite your child’s school friends over and meet their parents.

4. Try to let your older kids handle problems themselves so they can grow in their confidence.

5. Redirect their negative thoughts into a positive if possible. For example, if they despise math, remind them that they also get to do art, reading, or drama. (Okay, so that was my issue in school!)

6. Above all, take their problems seriously and be empathetic–especially if their safety is involved. After all, you want your kids to be able to come to you with any problem they have, right?

I found this fantastic website from Dr. Judy Willis–a Santa Barbara neurologist who actually started teaching middle school for awhile to put her neurology knowledge into practice.

Her site has links, video clips, and insight galore into the minds of our Littles:

Let me know what you think, and I’d love to gather more ideas to potentially publish in a parenting magazine. I’ll give you credit, of course! 🙂


Excellent Kid Party this Weekend!

Hi Everyone! I am getting ready for a big birthday party this weekend! It’s the first big party in our new house. Here’s the funny thing: I put little thought and little planning into this party for Princess Buttercup. She send out texts to her buddies, and there’s no telling how many will show up.… Continue Reading

The Spring Band Concert

It was a wonderful, creative, crazy idea. It was a fun idea. It was a scary idea. Princess Buttercup’s band directory wanted the kids to teach their parents how to play the kids’ instruments for a segment in the Spring Band Concert. I had never played clarinet in my life, but I play the flute. Lefty, bless his… Continue Reading


Namability. It’s a word I just made up that is relevant to expectant parents. As in, how does the name that you choose for your child rank on the namability scale? It can be one of the most important decisions that you and your spouse make and should probably be considered along with your research… Continue Reading

It’s Valentine’s Day and I ain’t got Nobody…

Poor Charlie Brown. He never got anything for Valentine’s Day but a used card that the gang gave him to assuage their own guilt. Valentine’s Day may be great fun if you’ve got a sweetheart, but what if you’re like Charlie Brown and (like the song says) ain’t got nobody? First of all, try not to… Continue Reading

Got Love on Your Mind? + Giveaway from Stoneridge Homes

How good does it feel to be in love? Not too bad according to researchers who sent people through an MRI who said that they were “experiencing passionate love, maternal love, or unconditional love.*” The MRI found that certain regions of the participants’ brains were bathed in happy chemicals, while passion enhanced cognitive functions. Maybe… Continue Reading

Can having a Baby Later in Life Equal Mom Longevity?

Did you hear that actress Betty White turned 95 years old today? Happy Birthday! From info that I gathered on the Internet, she doesn’t have any biological children. Which kind of goes against an article that I found on <a href=””>HealthDay News</a>, “Do Women Who Have Kids Later Live Longer?” So the study considers “older”… Continue Reading

What I got done; What I didn’t get done

I know this blog isn’t all about me (nor is life), but here’s what’s going on in the life of an average (albeit quirky) American housewife and work-at-home mom: I know I promised that I’d post my art creation from the architecture stuff that I bought last Saturday at the Harrison Brothers’ basement. BTW, I… Continue Reading