For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


Mom dilemma: picking a winner among my children

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 9:52pm

The evening wore on, and my children were busy amusing themselves, chattering back and forth between their bedrooms. From another room in the house I could hear my son and daughter talking excitedly about some new scheme they were collaborating on. As I listened, I gathered they were planning a Christmas decorating contest, and my daughter wanted me to be the judge.

My son protested, “We can't have Mom be the judge. You know who she always picks to win.” My ears perked up, and I wondered if I unknowingly favored one child over the others.

Study reveals the negative effects of sibling bullying

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 1:09pm

One thing that drives me absolutely crazy as a parent is dealing with sibling rivalry. With three kids, not a day goes by without some kind of sibling conflict, and it just kills me when one of my little darlings is being mean to another.

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.

Sibling sleepover makes little brother sad

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 10:32pm

Tonight my 6-year-old son is sleeping at Grandma's house to spend extra time with his cousins who are in town for Thanksgiving. Sounds like fun!

3-year-old on the run (from the long arm of the brother)

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 9:54am

My three children had been playing near each other in another room of the house when the two older kids went outside, leaving the 3-year-old to play alone. A couple minutes later, I heard a crashing sound of Legos, followed by my little guy calling out, “Sorry, Will! Sorry, Will!”

I asked him what he was saying sorry for and he told me he had accidentally knocked down part of his brother's Lego building. When I told him his brother was outside, he quickly responded, “Oh. I'm going to hide.”

A friend sleeping over brings about some growing pains

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 4:24pm

Recently my daughter had her first sleepover at our house with a friend. We've had cousins sleep over before, but the dynamics are a bit different when it's one child's friend instead of everyone's cousin. Needless to say, my sons felt left out at times.

Sometimes the girls would include the boys, but sometimes they understandably wanted “girl time” playing Barbies or getting a make-over. I understood their need for girl time, but my boys did not.

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.

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.

Settle your kids' squabbles with this creative idea

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 05/02/2012 - 1:53pm

I was reading Family Fun Magazine recently (which is a great magazine for ideas, activities, etc) and came across one mom's idea called Kid of the Day. It sounds like an easy tool for both settling basic disputes and making each child feel special, which can be a real challenge in multi-child families.

Taming the tongue: A technique to help kids make positive word choices and be nice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 03/21/2012 - 1:33pm

As a mother of three kids, I often find myself policing the words spoken in our home. Whether something is said with a bad attitude or with an outright mean intention, such negative words are harmful and unacceptable. A friend of mine recently shared a neat technique for encouraging children to speak kindly to one another.

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