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How to have the perfect Mother's Day

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 10:24am

Okay, moms, here comes our big day... Mother's Day! When my kids were younger I would be filled with anticipation of what this wonderful day would hold. I had such high expectations for my special day. I'm not sure what exactly I wanted to happen, but it should probably resemble a Hallmark commercial or a sappy made for tv movie. No pressure there... for my kids, my husband, or myself!

Finding the best kind of birthday party for your child... and you

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 04/27/2013 - 1:55pm

It seems to be birthday party season around our family right now. Our children had three birthday party invitations for this weekend alone, plus our youngest turned 4 on Friday. That makes for a lot of celebrating, gift-giving, and cake-eating.

How do you battle the accumulation of kid clutter in your home?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:53am

How do you handle all of your kid's toys and trinkets? My children tend to be on the pack rat end of the spectrum. They love their stuff. When asked if we can get rid of something, they immediately protest. They will cite the importance of that particular piece of plastic based on its connection to their preschool teacher, for example.

So I have a dilemma. As more stuff comes into our home, other stuff must move out. Do I make the kids decide what to pass on to others or do I decide while they are not home?

Counting the days and making them count

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:01pm

My 3-year-old has 18 more mornings of preschool left before summer break begins, and that has me counting. I was inspired by a book review I read about a book called 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. No, I haven't yet read the actual book, but I like the idea of counting our days in order to make the most of them.

When kids yearn for more independence than moms are ready to give

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 5:59pm

Independence... that wonderful, terrible state that kids grow into. Hopefully. But knowing the right combination of caution and freedom to extend in relation to our kids is a big parenting challenge. There is no clear standard, and everyone has different tolerance levels for giving their kids freedom. What is wise to one might appear smothering to another, just as what is reasonable to one might seem careless to another. A lot depends on the child in question.

How my daughter's science fair project is stressing me out

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 6:22pm

It's science fair time at our school. This is my daughter's first year to participate in the science fair, and boy am I stressed.

Although I went on to get a science degree in college, I never had much success with science fair projects. I always waited too long to start, and I always did a project with plants that proved essentially nothing. As an adult, I have come to accept the fact that my thumb is any color but green. That little tidbit would have come in handy during science fair.

Why do kids get up early on days when mom could sleep in?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 9:49pm

It's Spring Break for my kids this week, and you know what that means. The kids will be getting up early in the mornings.

Why is it that the same children who must be coerced and persuaded and threatened to get up at 7:30 on a school day can so easily pop out of bed, often before 7:00, on days off from school?

What goes on inside their heads?

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 10:23am

Do you ever find yourself marveling at the workings of your child's mind? I have three kids, and I still get surprised by some of the things they come up with. It can range from the good “Wow, what a neat idea!” to the intermediate “Isn't that interesting?” to the puzzled “Where in the world did that come from?” to the less-than-pleased “What were you thinking?”

I think kids like to keep us adults on our toes. Just when we think we've got them figured out, they throw us a curve ball.

The power of television to help or hinder our parenting efforts

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 10:25am

For some time now my daughter has been reading her way through the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and thoroughly enjoying them. So, recently I bought Season One of the television series, and all three kids and I have been watching it.

Striving for consistency to fix stubborn discipline issues... consistently

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/04/2013 - 9:41am

The theme of consistency comes up over and over in various parenting and discipline methods... rather consistently, in fact. So I ask myself, “Am I consistent in disciplining my kids?”

I feel like I'm consistent because I am consistently dealing with the same issue, such as my 3-year-old not wanting to get dressed in the morning. He hates to get dressed for some reason. The mere mention of getting dressed brings on a meltdown. Every day.

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