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My kids' love-hate relationship with bath time

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 8:35pm

Bath time... some kids hate it; others love it. Mine do both. “Time to start baths,” I cheerfully announce. And so begin the not-so-happy negotiations.

“I call second!” “I call last!” It seems no one wants to take the first bath. At least not my older two kids. I'm fairly certain that my youngest would be happy to go first if only his siblings hadn't just convinced him with their adamant cries that he shouldn't for some reason. So, no, my little guy will not go first either.

Growing up, up, and away

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 10:44am

So I dropped off my youngest child, age 3, for his first day of preschool and he didn't even look back. He wandered off into his new classroom to see what he could find as I hovered there, watching, straining to see him through the window and around the other parents dropping off their little ones.

After a couple minutes I realized, awkwardly, that I was no longer needed there. I was out of place. Time to move on. Come back in four hours, but now is the time to leave.

MOMSnext groups - helping moms of school-aged kids - start up soon

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 9:32am

There are so many issues we face as parents – from our children's education to discipline to the appropriate use of technology, and on and on. Sometimes we might wonder how we're doing or if we're the only ones dealing with certain problems.

Harder on your oldest child than your younger kids at the same age?

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 9:21pm

As a parent, I try to treat my kids as fairly as possible. I want them all to know they are loved without condition, and to have the same kinds of opportunities in life. I try to keep the family rules consistent and evenly enforced. But sometimes I realize my youngest is doing things my oldest was not allowed to do at that age. And I wonder why.

Making the grade: trying the Love and Logic approach

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 8:40am

We've had some schoolwork issues this year in our home, and it's made me think about different ways to handle schoolwork and other responsibilities of our children. For concerned parents, it seems to me there are two methods with two very different mindsets. Let me know if you can think of some other ways.

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by EliteSitter on Tue, 05/15/2012 - 5:49pm

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A mom like Mom: striving to make a positive impression

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 1:11pm

I wish I could be more like my mom. “They” say we often tend to parent in the way that we were raised, but I don't see that so much in my experience.

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.

Do you expect too little - or too much - from your kids?

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 10:20pm

I just finished reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. You may recall a few months ago the book generated some controversy in parenting circles after it was featured in the Wall Street Journal. The author shares her own parenting story as she discusses “Chinese” parenting vs “Western” parenting. It's an interesting read for sure.

Voices in my head

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/16/2011 - 9:57pm

Sometimes I just need to clear my thoughts, but I can't get these voices out of my head. Don't worry, I'm not going crazy. It's just the kids playing in the other room... chattering, giggling, complaining, trying their best to navigate relationships and power struggles and still have a good time.

Big Sister is always in charge, which works great until she takes it too far, and Middle Child decides he's had enough and it's his turn. Little Guy pretty much goes along with the other two, just happy to be included.

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