Category - Parenting

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Excuse Me, Please, Should I Teach My Kids Not to Interrupt?
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For the Love of Harry Potter
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Inauguration Day…and a Call to Action
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Getting Happy, One Small Step at a Time
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You Have GOT to watch this video…
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“I Don’t Care,” a Mother’s Loving Message to her Children
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Fairness in Gift-Giving
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Giving Thanks for Life’s Little Surprises
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How Can I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms?
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A Call for Unity That Makes Sense

Excuse Me, Please, Should I Teach My Kids Not to Interrupt?

  I spin it in a positive light:  my kids interrupt because they want my husband’s and my attention.  As my kids are 10 and nearly 12, I know this desire to share with us is limited.  The problem is, it’s universally accepted that interrupting a conversation is rude.  My kids know that, but they’re kids.  Even though it can be exhausting to navigate, I’d rather my kids be verbal in their interruptions than be stealthy about it, as when they were toddlers.  I remember one particular instance when I was pregnant with my daughter and my one-and-a-half-year old twins…

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For the Love of Harry Potter

  Oh my gosh, it’s so good. I mean, really good. So good, in fact, I want to lock myself in the bedroom and ignore everything but the book until I finish it.  But then, what kind of mother would I be?  Can I argue that a good mother gets on board with her kids’ obsessions as long as she reminds them where the peanut butter is? No, of course not, but I’m coming to realize why my kids are totally taken with all things Harry Potter.  And J.K. Rowling herself.  My daughter, who did a report on this most-famous…

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Inauguration Day…and a Call to Action

  “Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.” – David Star Jordan Even the dashboard for pulseonparenting.com is feeling it:  the daily inspirational quote came from Star Jordan’s timely words.  Timely, in that they were posted on MLK, Jr., Day, and timely, in that Friday is Inauguration Day. Whether you look ahead to this always historic occasion with anticipation or with dread, I think about another of my favorite sayings. Be the change you want to see in the world. Many who voted for our PEOTUS did so looking for change; many who did not want…

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Getting Happy, One Small Step at a Time

Another new year…already!  Did 2016 even happened?  Maybe I just slept through it.  No.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t get that much rest… It’s that time of year we resolve to make positive changes in our lives, or better yet, to not resolve as the former seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Whatever it is we have made a resolution to do or become just doesn’t come to fruition.  That’s why last year I simply decided to make “the happiness project” a goal, not a big “R.” Last January I posted “The Happiness Project”  where I described my goal, through daily reflection and writing,…

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You Have GOT to watch this video…

As I do way too often, and for way too long, I troll Facebook.  When I came upon this video shared by a couple of my mom friends, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.  It’s real, it’s a wicked awesome reminder, and I feel she is a kindred spirit with her snacking habits.  Enjoy!   "I'm Not My Kids' Friend" (Because I love you.) Living as a witness to this new "spoiled generation" and kids needing 'toddler therapy' and 'grief therapy' after the election results, I really think this message from Kristina Kuzmic needs to be heard by all parents…

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“I Don’t Care,” a Mother’s Loving Message to her Children

  For some, it’s time in the bathroom.  For others, it’s that dream that awakens them at night.  For me, it’s driving.  Many times my inspiration for new posts comes while behind the wheel, a narrative forming as I go for groceries or take my kids to activities.  I liken it to a meditative state. So you probably shouldn’t be on the road with my Honda Odyssey (JK). I wish I had a hands-free, voice-activated recorder so I could save the thoughts as they come, because when I sit down at my computer I can’t articulate those thoughts nearly as well. But…

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Fairness in Gift-Giving

It’s that time of year.  The time of year many of us buy the more presents than for any other occasion. Christmas is almost here. I used to worry about lopsided Christmas spending on my kids, especially the year my son wanted a lego set and his twin  brother wanted a simple plastic lap desk he saw at a craft store.  It didn’t take long to realize cost mattered little to my kids but value did; they were elated to receive the coveted items picked from their wish list.  Once I shifted my thinking, gift-giving became more enjoyable but the…

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Giving Thanks for Life’s Little Surprises

Our Thanksgiving adventure began before we even left the house. The night before we were to leave we learned our flight would be delayed by four hours. When that time was extended to seven, we knew we would have an unexpected overnight in Denver. As fate would have it, this layover became the fall getaway we never had time to take. We got to stay in a hotel with our kids, no obligations until the next morning, and an evening full of fun (restaurant food!  pool time!) awaited us, all expenses paid by the airline. We completely underestimated the accommodations…

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How Can I Get My Kids to Clean Their Rooms?

I don’t get it.  How did we miss this when we bought our house?  More importantly, how did the home inspector miss it? There are no floors in my kids’ bedrooms. Ok, that’s not entirely true.  One of my boys does have a bedroom floor…and it’s carpeted!  However, his closet floor is lost beneath a teetering mountain of camping gear, books on pet care, and remote control cars.  But my daughter and older son…nope, no floors.  My daughter’s room is Party Central, and everything from clothes to dolls to crafts cavort in a happy, wild mix.  It’s like her closet…

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A Call for Unity That Makes Sense

Well.  What a week.  I had another topic to post but given the historic nature of last Tuesday, it just didn’t seem natural to go ahead like nothing has happened. None of us is untouched by the events of the last week, and many of us are feeling mentally and emotionally tapped.  But I promise you that this post is not politically charged; it’s not my purpose to use pulseonparenting to spread propaganda.  My site is intended for every parent, left- or right-wing.  It is meant for mothers and fathers and guardians, stay-at-home parents and parents who have careers outside…

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