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MOMSnext group kicks off a new year of encouraging moms Sept 23... check it out!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 09/18/2013 - 9:19pm

Sometimes we moms need a little help and encouragement, a friendly reminder that our kids are not the only ones who do that, whatever it may be. There is a special place for moms of school-age kids to get together and commiserate... or celebrate... the challenges of parenting.

Parenting specialties and the bigger fish

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 9:18am

Different parents excel in different ways. We all have our own specialties. Some are Super Creative with Crafts. Some are Awesome Cooks of Tasty Food. Some are Very Athletic and Sporty. You get the idea.

Slowing down the rush to "grow up" and wear makeup and...

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 08/28/2013 - 1:22pm

It seems like just the other day she was hosting Oreo and milk “tea parties” for her stuffed animals in the living room. And now she wants her own cell phone, and begs to wear makeup, yearning to be older and “pretty.” At the tender age of 9, my daughter asked me when she will be allowed to wear makeup outside of our house. My initial knee-jerk response was, “when you're in high school,” but I'm not sure that's quite balanced and reasonable.

The mathematical virtues of a cheese quesadilla

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:26pm

This summer my kids participated in Live Oak Library's reading program, and again I found it to be a great way to encourage my young readers. There is a lot of emphasis in parenting circles on developing our children's reading skills, which is good. I am surprised, however, at the lack of emphasis on nurturing a love for math and numbers.

The amazing overconfidence of my reluctant violin student

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:48pm

My 7-year-old son has a love-hate relationship with the violin. He has been taking lessons for two years now and there are clearly times when he loves playing. Just as there are clearly times when he hates practicing.

I think what my son hates most about practicing is that he is expected to do it a certain way, the “right” way. There is a correct way to hold the bow, to hold the violin, to move the bow, to place the fingers, and so on.

The magical, accidental clean up success of the day

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 7:43pm

Today I looked around my house and just didn't feel like asking my kids one by one to pick up their randomly scattered belongings that needed to be put away. I am all too familiar with the asking, followed by the checking to see if it is done, followed by the reminding, and so on. At some point I get distracted and forget about what the kids were supposed to do. I am sure they would not use this sequence to their advantage. Right?

Some ideas for helping kids handle stress

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 8:35pm

Dealing with uncertainty, change, or problems can cause stress for anyone, including our children. So when I came across some tips about how to help kids handle stress, I thought they were especially appropriate now as school starts up again and some of our little people may be facing some anxieties and stress.

Almost school time again... remembering to make the most of every season

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/31/2013 - 10:50am

Soon the school bells will be ringing and the children will be filling their classrooms. Many kids are dreading this return to the school year routine. My son said just the other day that he wishes he didn't have to go to school.

Looking back on my own childhood, I remember the feeling of dread just before the start of a new school year. It's that uncertainty of how things will play out. It's also simply the disruption of the comfortable summer life with hardly a care in the world. Change can be challenging after all.

How people with kids benefit from having a dog in the family

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 9:11am

In our family, we have three kids and two dogs. My husband and I like to joke that having dogs is almost like having two more kids. While that may be true in some respects, there are other ways that having a dog around makes it easier to have kids around.

Share your voice with Coastal Mommies!

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 3:09pm

Do you have something to share that might help other moms in our area? Craft ideas? Advice? Information? A fun family outing? Something new that you've learned?

Then share your voice with our community through a blog or forum post on Coastal Mommies. It's easy and fun!

Simply log in (or register) on Coastal Mommies. Then, on the right side of the screen under My Menu, click on “Post a New Blog Post” or “Post a New Forum Post.” And away you go! We'd love to hear from you!

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