For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


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.

Will you know if your child is drowning? What drowning looks like...

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:03am

Today is the last day of the school year for my two older kids, as well as the rest of Chatham County public school students. Bring on the summer fun!

Whether it's the pool, the beach, or boating activities, there are countless fun ways to spend time around the water. So this is a perfect time to review or learn what drowning really looks like. It's not how they portray it on television.

How I survived a most colorful laundry disaster

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/31/2013 - 7:51am

So I've been a mom for more than nine years, and I've now experienced my first time washing and drying crayons with the laundry. Let's just say it's not a good thing to do. It is something to avoid if at all possible.

My first-grader left six crayons in the pocket of his dress pants after church on Sunday. He forgot about them and tossed the pants into the hamper. I failed to check the pockets and away they went into the wash.

The mysterious Savannah lobster

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/29/2013 - 11:52am

Recently our family was enjoying a beautiful, sunny day by hiking on the nature trail behind the Skidaway Island Aquarium. We stopped for a time to explore a marshy area where the kids tried to catch fiddler crabs and look at shells. My 7-year-old son was especially happy to catch the little crabs, admire them, and send them on their way.

JumpBunch Summer Session

by jkapheim on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:37pm

JumpBunch Sports and Fitness for kids is offering a summer session at

Summer Breeze on Wilmington Island

FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS held June 3rd at 9:30 am

Session fun begins June 10- Aug 5th (NO CLASS HELD JULY 1t)

Facebook: JumpBunch of Greater Savannah

Too many stuffed animals... plus one

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 1:56pm

Our home is being overrun with stuffed animals. Just ask my husband, who has vowed never to buy the kids another stuffed animal. Ever. So this week, of course, I took my youngest to Build-A-Bear where he used his birthday money to buy a new dog. (Sorry, honey!)

When your child asks for a pet

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 9:27pm

Kids love animals. My children are fortunate to live in a family that has two dogs and four hermit crabs. We have also temporarily cared for a variety of lizards, snakes, frogs, caterpillars, and such. We are definitely animal-friendly at our house.

And yet my kids want more. They continually ask for more pets of different kinds. Birds, lizards, fish, mice, anything. Instead of being content with our current critters, my children yearn for more.

Buying good behavior with stickers

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 11:15am

Yesterday afternoon my boys were playing together with little plastic army men. The trouble was that my 7-year-old was not playing very nicely or fairly with his little brother, which did not make my little guy too happy, to say the least.

Bed time, books, and brothers... how a competition led to teamwork

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 8:35pm

There is an ongoing competition in town. Every month the first-graders in my son's class compete to see who can read the most books. They record the books/chapters they read on reading logs. At the end of the month, the child who has read the most books/chapters wins a prize – usually a fun magazine - from the teacher.

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.

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