Let Kids Spend Their Own Money

A dollar or two here. A dollar or two there. Kids tend to accumlate small amounts of cash from many sources: allowances, gifts on special occasions, grandparents, small jobs done outside the purview of chores, and more. My kid tends to have me put a lot of the money he is given or earns into […]

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How to Survive a Traveling Spouse

My husband travels for his job. He always has. Over the years I have tried to write about my experiences, but every time I end up deleting it. No matter how I try, it seems to come across as whiny and negative. So if, after I’ve written and re-written this I still comes across that way, […]

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Consent and Parenting in the #MeToo Era

Consent and Parenting in the #MeToo Era

Kids are, by nature, impulsive beings. They touch everything and everyone constantly. Which is why we don’t think twice when our kids touch or hug another child. Only when the other child responds negatively do we talk to our kids about why they shouldn’t do this. But this reactive approach is part of the reason […]

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EAA AirVenture 2018 | Oshkosh, WI

This post is sponsored by EAA AirVenture. We only work with brands and companies that we would recommend to our audience and who add value to our community! EAA AirVenture 2018 is the world’s largest fly-in gathering and one of the world’s largest aviation events! Each year, you can enjoy daily air shows, nearly 1,000 […]

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Solidarity, Sister: An ADHD Mom’s Confession

I’ll admit it. I used to do it, too. I have clicked “share” on a well-meaning post about how letting your kids play outside will eliminate an unnecessary ADHD diagnosis. I have vigorously nodded my head while reading an article that bemoaned the US educational system and mentioned that other countries have more recess, better […]

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You Moved the Chargers? (And other life changes)

We recently bought some furniture. We were excited to bring it home, set it up, move things around, and then we suddenly stopped. Our eldest wasn’t home that evening- she was at a sleepover. For most families this would be a perfect time to rearrange- one kid out of the house, less people to get […]

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Loving life right where we are. (Photo by Indian Summer Photography)

We’re Not Moving to the Suburbs

I grew up in a local Madison area suburban neighborhood. It had sprawling houses, similar families, organized events, and plenty of neighborhood ordinances to keep it aesthetically pleasing. You recognized whose car was pulling into the neighborhood on the commute home. There was no outside traffic, no real crime, and neighbors saved our favorite candies […]

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The Good of Getting Away

My son is two-and-a-half and I’d only been away from him for one night since he was born. My sister, a mom to two small kids, was in a similar boat. And it had been at least four or five years since we’d had any time to hang out together, just us. It was time […]

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