Like so many parents, I've found myself thrust into a role I did not ask for. Not only am I "mom", but I'm the primary teacher of six children (thanks to remote learning!). As each day unfolds I focus...
When I was little, I felt everyone was cooler and had an easier life. I thought mean kids were mean for sure, but higher up on the food chain somehow. Then, something interesting happened. I survived school, went to...
One of my biggest struggles in mothering has been my elder daughter's propensity for running off. She is independent and distractable, headstrong and adventurous. What will one day make her a formidable adult made her a nightmare of a...
I don’t believe in teaching manners. Not because I don’t expect my kids to say please and thank you, but because I am more interested in building their character, teaching them empathy and to think critically. We go beyond...
We're back to school and into fall. This means cooler mornings, alarm clock wake-ups, packing lunches, and bus rides. I remember last year when my oldest started kindergarten. Getting adjusted to being "on" five full days per week, tolerating...
My mom, Sheri, taught us many important skills as kids. But there’s one that I know I must pass on to my own: forgiveness. Growing up in a family of three girls, we didn’t fight too much, but when...
If you are a neat freak like me, you hate messes in your kitchen. The slime, the goo, the crumbly Playdoh - the mess makes me cringe! Yet, in the summer? I welcome the mess because it's outside --...
Why is it that so many kids LOVE to visit public restrooms? I am a pediatric occupational therapist. Part of my job is to evaluate clients for sensory processing difficulties, including auditory sensitivity. This means that a child is sensitive...
They say it's "sensory". Too often, people throw that term around when describing kids' behavior - but do they really know what that means? My kid WON'T sit still. She could be on that swing ALL DAY. He covers...
I love sensory play as much as my little one does.  What's not satisfying about squeezing a big ball of playdough?  Here are a few favorites that are easy, fun, and {almost} mess free! Finger Painting   I love a good art...

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