For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


The little lawyers among us (trying to get their way)

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:07am

As a mother of three, I've recently concluded that children are natural-born lawyers. Skilled in the art of argument and trying to get their way, although often lacking in the finer art of logic, kids will remember what you've said (when it's to their advantage) and what you've done, and seek out the loopholes as needed.

A Snack Time tradition: no kids allowed

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:53am

The other night my 6-year-old son was apparently having trouble falling asleep (possibly because he was reading by flashlight in his room instead of closing his eyes). He normally does not come out of his room once he's in bed, but this night was different.

It was around 10:30 when he made his appearance in the living room. There sat my husband and me on the couch eating our nightly snack, watching a bit of tv, and chatting about the day. We were busted, caught red-handed with tasty treats.

The prayers of children: insightful and humorous

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 2:40pm

Part of our children's bedtime routine is for us to pray together, and it is fascinating to me to hear their prayers. There are the usual requests that show up every night such as blessings for family and friends. And then there are the personalized requests, which make it interesting.

Sibling sleepover makes little brother sad

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

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!

Sleep dilemma: how hard do you fight a late afternoon nap (for a no-longer-napping child)?

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 07/10/2012 - 9:49pm

My 6-year-old son fell asleep this evening around 6:30. I had sent him to his room for being mean to his little brother, and when I went to check on him he was fast asleep in bed. So here is the dilemma: let him sleep and risk throwing off the rest of the night or wake him up so he can go to bed at the usual designated time?

"Tasty strings" before bed

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 4:12pm

Do your kids brush and floss their teeth regularly? I must confess that I'm not too concerned about making mine floss (sorry, Dentist!). I'm perfectly happy that they brush their teeth as needed.

But lately my kindergartener has been “flossing” his teeth in bed at night before lights-out. He has a small box of mint-flavored floss on the table by his bed. I'm not really sure how his flossing technique is, but he likes doing it.

In search of the remote control

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 12/23/2011 - 11:08pm

I think all remote controls should have
a locating device in them. Tonight we got home from my in-laws'
house, ready to put the kids to bed. Someone (not me) turned on the
tv, which was already on a kids' channel. Of course, the kids stopped
moving and glued themselves in front of Word Girl. I was busy putting
things away, and my husband changed his clothes and started some

Bedtime on Halloween - pancake, anyone?

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 10/31/2011 - 10:09pm

So Halloween is over. The candy was gathered; the costumes survived. How is it that the 2-year-old, who was too tired to walk for most of the trick-or-treating, is still going strong with his stalling tactics at 10:00 pm? He should have practically collapsed in bed.


Yeah, I know the whole too-much-candy-sugar-high theory. But I really don't think he ate that much candy tonight.


He is trying to convince us to let him eat a pancake in bed. “Can I have one?” He asks as he holds up one finger.


Bedtime battles and excuses

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 10:15pm

If your kids are like mine, they have a
plethora of excuses for coming out of bed instead of going to sleep.
Here are some of our kids' excuses:

I need medicine for my... (bug bite,
boo boo, left knee, big toe, etc)

My....... hurts.

I 'm too hot/cold.

My pillow's not fluffy enough (although
it was just fine the previous night).

The Worrier and the Wonderer

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 10:38pm

It's after 10:00pm and my daughter just came to me crying, sad because good friends of ours moved away last week.

On one hand I'm surprised it took this long for that reality to sink in. But on the other hand, my daughter has a knack for conjuring up all kinds of troubles and worries while she lies awake in bed at night.

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