When our second oldest was about 2 years old, we realized that these symptoms just weren't going away: Rashy cheeks after a meal. Five or six nasty gross blow-out diapers every day. (Please note: Not all people with food sensitivities experience the same symptoms. Digestive issues are fairly common, but there are other symptoms that … Continue reading How We Figured Out Our Child Had a Gluten Sensitivity
My husband was hopped up on morphine awaiting emergency gall bladder surgery when I asked the ER nurse what I thought was a fairly basic question. "How long does recovery take?" The male nurse stopped typing on the stand up computer and turned around and looked at my husband, the patient. His answer surprised me. … Continue reading How to Be a Mom When You’re Living with Chronic Pain
I love middle grade books. Not to be confused with "middle school," in the literary world, middle grade book means pre-teen or tween, generally about the 8-12 year age range. Since the characters in this book are 10 years old, this book fits in the middle grade category. Though the theme may be considered more … Continue reading Middle Grade Fiction: Bridge to Terabithia
Disclaimer: I'm not a licensed teacher, or an expert of child development, or otherwise an authority in the subject of what and when to teach our kids. I am, however, a mom to my four darling children. For me, that is enough. Being a mom is powerful. I love them and have their best interests at … Continue reading Why I Don’t Believe in Preschool
I love Young Adult books! Especially with a girl main character, many humorous lines and situations, and especially set in historical turn of the century times. Sorta specific, right? Amazingly, the two Maude March books by Audrey Couloumbis fit the bill perfectly. And they somehow made their way into my hands via the library. I … Continue reading Young Adult Fiction: Maude March series
Have you put out your Parent Advent Calendar yet? I heard that term on a local radio station yesterday. They were talking about back to school time! Yahoo! Our kids go to a charter school, and the school has been sending me lots of emails lately. The emails said stuff like "Back to School" and … Continue reading How to Make School Shopping Less Painful
I love Visit Idaho's campaign, 18 Summers. But I don't cry watching the commercials. Nope. Never. They're all about how you only have 18 summers with your kids. Only 18 summers before they grow up and things change forever. But I never think about that! I never think about my kids growing up. I'm savoring … Continue reading How Many Summers Do You Have Left?