Mom Friends

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a play date with a very good friend of mine and her two boys, 2 and 3 months.  L and J are so cute! Punky and Bay have become infatuated with babies so they were happy to have J over to snuggle.  And having her friend over was all Punky could talk about all morning – “Are they here yet?  When are they going to be here?!”  I love that Bay and L are about the same age so they get to grow up together, and he’s a good playmate for Punky too since she’s used to playing with her brother.  Of course, squabbles ensue when a guest encroaches on your territory, but playing together this way really is the best way for kids to learn to problem solve and communicate with others.  I loved listening to them hash out their problems.  There’s something to be learned from the way kids can work through a problem – even if they need a grown-up’s help – and then move on without resentment.

Beyond the kids having a good time playing together, there is nothing more important to a mom, Continue reading Mom Friends

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Who Needs the Beach?

What do you think of when you hear the word, “beach”?  Vacation? Sand? Breeze? Waves?

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You want to know what I hear?  Sand on everything. Crabs. Sharks. Wind burn. Sun burn. “Mom, I have to potty!!”  Yes, I know.  That’s a pretty miserable way to think of the beach.  It’s supposed to be fun and carefree and relaxing, but with a toddler and a preschooler….it is decidedly not!  At least not for me.  You see, I’ve lived at the beach my whole life and I have never liked it!  I always got sand in my bathing suit and I’m not a fan of the waves.  I mean, who can swim in that?  And then if you go out past the breakers you have to worry about whatever it is that might be swimming with you.  No thank you!  I hear from my friends with kids how much fun they have had at the beach playing with their littles, but it just doesn’t suit my fancy.  I try to go once or twice a year just so I can say I took the kids but other than that, we stick with the pool. Continue reading Who Needs the Beach?