15 things I want my kids to know before they’re adults

A mom recently made a list of 44 things she wanted her kids to learn before they hit adulthood, which is something we should all think about as we're raising our own future adults. I know for me, there are certainly some major values and skills I want for their lives. So without further ado,... Continue Reading →

“Canalope” apologies

Yesterday, my son decided that a good use of his downtime was to take a knife and stab a perfectly good cantaloupe repeatedly. I found it on our counter in the morning. As a result, the Taz got woken up by the wrath of his mom, and all his electronics taken away to show him... Continue Reading →

The end of my newspaper column

I just found out that tomorrow's family article I write for the newspaper will be the very last one to be in print. This makes me so sad! Thankfully, you can still catch me online at the Press Democrat's family blog at village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com, or here in my personal family blog at winecountrymom.com, where I will... Continue Reading →

When appliances talk back

In the morning, I am usually the last one to leave the house.  I kind of like it that way, because it gives me a few moments of quiet in an empty house.  Of course, it also means that I am the one who is left with a sink full of dishes to fill the... Continue Reading →

Siblings – a link to the past

Something strange has been happening in my house for the past few weeks. The kids have been getting along. I know, weird, right? On a recent afternoon, DQ had just finished asking me if she could bring Taz along with her some of the times she went out to hang with her friends. The two... Continue Reading →

Dating your kids

This article appears in the Press Democrat on Friday, October 6, 2012. Last month I wrote about the importance of dating your spouse. Hopefully this resulted in some kid-free, uninterrupted conversation, and perhaps even a few steamy moments…. If not, let this serve as a note of inspiration to book a sitter for a much... Continue Reading →

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