For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


Making the most of the good days

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:59am

The good days of parenting. We all have them, though maybe not as often as we would like. The good days are days when the kids behave well in action and attitude. Days of relative peace and pleasantness. Days of cooperation instead of conflict.

Practicing discipline: tips for dealing with "strong-willed" kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:05am

You know you've read a few too many parenting books when you realize the three books you've pulled out for help with an issue all say essentially the same thing. When I read them each the first time, they seemed so unique and profound.

Now I see they are merely different ways of saying the same thing. The books all share the same good, solid principles, just reworded by different authors. Maybe I should write a parenting book. I could repackage the same ideas in different terminology and voila! Instant parenting book.

Awarding good behavior with a special night

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 9:25pm

As a parent sometimes I feel like I'm too often negative, having to correct our children's misbehavior. So lately I've been trying to be more deliberately encouraging of my children in their unique personalities and strengths. I've also been trying to foster a deeper sense of our family as a team where we can all encourage each other. In light of these goals, Saturday night we had our first monthly Awards Night.

The secret to making the kids get along with each other

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 9:05pm

The stars apparently aligned just right, and a gentle breeze blew a heaping dose of Peace and Harmony in amongst my three children this afternoon, causing them to play together happily for hours. They can play together nicely at various times, but it doesn't normally last so long and sound quite so sweet. And this was after a rocky morning full of accusations, shouting, and tears among these same children.

Soft play: a test in social skills

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 04/23/2012 - 1:24pm

Ah, the world of soft play. Where our little people can play and climb and pretend in padded safety while moms watch and relax in the comfort of the mall. It's a great place for people watching, too.

I took my almost-3-year-old to the Savannah Mall soft play the other day, and enjoyed watching the kids romp around and relate to each other. Also on display was a range of parenting styles.

The key to good discipline

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 02/02/2012 - 1:49pm

I think discipline is one part knowing what to do and one part carrying it out effectively. For me the breakdown often occurs in the execution. In the moment. At that moment in time when my son has just kicked his sister because she was going to hit him because he was pretending to shoot her because...

That's when the rubber hits the road. That's when I learn how well I can apply those great discipline ideas I read about just yesterday. How hard it can be to recall good advice when we need it most! Is it just me?

Post Play-Date Syndrome

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/07/2011 - 1:46pm


Do your kids exhibit Post Play-Date Syndrome? Sure, I made up the name, but it's when your kids behave
really well during a play-date and then, when it's time to go home, transform into crazed, disrespectful, little creatures intent on getting their way...

Yesterday, my kids and I went over to a friend's house for a play-date. We had not spent time with these friends for a while, and we were all really looking forward to it.

More about stressed out mothers

More about stressed out mothers

by MamaPowers on Sun, 06/28/2009 - 9:16pm

A friend recently told me of witnessing a preschool child harshly punished for being active and unruly while out late at night with his mom. My friend wondered if the slaps he heard from the bathroom should be reported as abuse.

Not the thing any of us want to decide.

We know when mom is overreacting. She's forgetting kids have their own truth - it's based on raw instincts and their little bodies needs. We all know we get overwhelmed when we haven't had good breaks away from the kids.

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