Summer Bedtime Battle

If you have young children, getting them to cooperate at bedtime can be a challenge during the school year; however, during the summer months, the conflict typically intensifies. In my home, bedtime battles are as heated as the Sahara sun. If even a sliver of daylight can be seen on the horizon, my 8-year-old thinks she should be wide awake and as far away from a bed as possible. So, you can imagine how brutal bedtime is when the sun rises just after 5 a.m. and doesn’t set until nearly 9 p.m. Summer’s extended daylight is great for farmers, but for … Continue reading

What If We All Showed Love for God and Neighbor?

Another question that was posed in our relief society lesson on Sunday that really stuck with me was, “What would the world be like if everyone showed love for God and Neighbor?” One mom raised her hand and said something along the lines of, “I would not live in fear anymore. I wouldn’t be scared to drop my kids off at school everyday. There would be no fear.” As I sat there thinking about that, I couldn’t help but think, “What would MY life be like without fear?” It was an interesting thought. As a parent, we can’t help but … Continue reading

Is Your Home on Lock Down?

Today, as I was walking to my daughter’s school to pick her up, I glanced to my right at the top of my street and noticed that there were about a dozen cop cars. I asked a bystander what was going on, and he didn’t know, but said that guns were drawn. I immediately worried about getting my daughter from school even though it was in the opposite direction. I soon found out that her school was on lock-down. As I walked to school, I just knew that everything was going to be fine. I said a little prayer we … Continue reading

Real Summer Bummer

And you thought Scrooge only reared his ugly head at Christmastime. Apparently, the grump works overtime in Colorado trying to turn young kids’ summer fun into a major summer bummer. Just ask three-year-old Emerson Cohen. The girl and her mom were recently thrust into the national media spotlight when they were cited for defacing property with sidewalk chalk. As in the colorful writing instrument used by kids of all ages for outdoor summer fun. That sidewalk chalk. Sarah Cohen, Emerson’s mom, told local news reporters that she used the chalk to encourage her daughter to practice her penmanship outside of … Continue reading

It’s a Girl!

After wondering what it would be like to be a parent, I finally got to hold a little pink girl in my arms, my first child. We thought she was going to be a boy, and it took two more children to persuade me to give up guessing what gender my unborn children were going to have. With all the drama that happened getting from California to Utah, and then attending to the birth of my first child at home (Tristi was in labor twenty hours) I was glad to have a child, but not in the position to feel … Continue reading

Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend

My 7-year-old loves following the tales of flighty Amelia Bedelia (the young version), as much as she does making new friends. It’s true; my daughter has the uncanny ability to morph from bookworm to social butterfly instantly, which is why I knew she would be transformed after reading Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend. The I Can Read Level 1 book is perfect for beginners. Author Herman Parish’s choice of words is age appropriate and they’re printed in a way that is easy for young readers to consume. In addition, illustrator Lynne Avril’s colorful and playful pictures practically pop out of … Continue reading

Fun with Halloween Face Paint

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hollywood make-up artist to transform your kid from cute to creepy this Halloween. By using quality products and following a few simple steps your children can say goodbye to uncomfortable plastic masks and hello to an elaborately decorated face that will elicit a chorus of oohs and aahs from friends, family and neighbors. One of the easiest face painting ideas for Halloween is Dracula. The popular vampire is known for his pale skin and bloody lips. However, you could spice up the look by creating a female vampire with long eyelashes and deep-purple … Continue reading

How to Form a Diet Group

Yesterday we discussed the importance of having a support system. A support system will hold you accountable, cheer you on, give you a soft place to land, and give you a sense of teamwork. Having a support system will dramatically increase your chances of sustained weight loss. We are social beings so our need for others in our lives is strong. We especially need the love and support of others as we take on a difficult task like weight loss. How do you form a Diet Support Group to help you and others attain fitness goals? Facebook: Starting a Facebook … Continue reading

Taking Shots at Your Little Shooter

Some photographers refuse to snap photos outdoors at high noon on cloudless sunny days. Sure, the lighting conditions are not ideal. You’re forced to contend with harsh shadows and squinting subjects; however, after spending two days this past weekend trying to photograph my neighbor’s 9-year-old participating in an intramural basketball tournament, I would gladly shoot midday on a sunny day rather than in a gym lit exclusively by fluorescent bulbs. Now, that’s agony. In case you are caught in the same predicament this season, consider the following: First, scout out the location prior to shooting. I didn’t… and I paid … Continue reading

Better Late Than Never

(Scooting came easily, bike riding not so much.) My daughter was born nearly three weeks before her due date. We were all shocked and a bit ill-prepared. A few pieces of furniture hadn’t been built yet and I didn’t have a hospital bag picked out, let alone packed. Still, there’s no stopping a baby from coming out when she is ready… and it’s hard to shove her back in when you’re not. My daughter arrived kicking and screaming and we welcomed her with open arms. Interestingly, though, despite her early arrival, she hasn’t hit some critical milestones before her peers. … Continue reading