December 18, 2017

What’s the point of youth sports?

coach-youth sports

Julie Samrick Finally, someone’s speaking out on the increasing madness of youth sports. A former professional athlete turned coach, now father of two, was in my town last week on one stop of a national lecture tour to promote his book “Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High Performing Athletes and Giving… Read more

Monthly Family Craft Projects Delivered to Your Door


“I want to do cwafts,” has been a refraining theme ever since my now 6-year-old daughter could talk.  She’s lost her lazy r, but she still wants to do crafts all of the time and so does her little sister.  I try to think of ideas, but oftentimes we simply color.  Either way, spending time… Read more

“Elf on the Shelf” Fun or Frustrations?

elf on the shelf

By Julie Samrick It seems one of the bigger mommy controversies of the 2012 holiday season is whether or not to own an “Elf on the Shelf” ( I am just beating myself up for not thinking of the idea first- what a killing the mom inventor has made!)    Some believe these toy elves… Read more

Sayonara to Summer

waterslide mom

By Ann Van De Water   It’s that time of year again.  Yep, back to school time.   What? The 100 plus degree temperatures and early August date fooled you?  Don’t get me started on the bizarre calendar of Rescue School District where my kids attend school. Seriously, come on and rescue me.    It… Read more

Play “Question Ball” To Get Kids Talking

icebreaker question ball

You can play Question Ball anytime you’d like an icebreaker activity- at a birthday party, Girl Scout/ Cub Scout meeting, or just at home with family. Blow up a medium sized beach ball and write questions with sharpie on the ball.  The kids toss (not throw) ball to each other while music plays.  When music… Read more

Those Hives Could be an Allergy to…Cold?

snow playing

Though rare, cold uritcaria is a very real condition.  Those afflicted may break out in hives and it’s even suggested they carry an epi-pen, just like many children with food allergies do.  Read more, including one Minnesota boy’s story here.

There’s No Such Thing as Attention Deficit Disorder


One writer analyzed successful teachers and found that each and every one of them distracted their students into learning.  And in the end, she also discovered “except in the most extreme cases, no one really has an ‘attention deficit’— we all pay attention to something.”  Read more at the Wall Street Journal

My Parents are Cool


It’s been almost 40 years in coming to the conclusion, but my parents are definitely cooler than I ever gave them sufficient credit. When I was a kid, they used to run with my three sisters and me to get in line for the most death-defying roller coasters the amusement parks had. My Dad eagerly… Read more