Monthly Archive for June, 2009

My Latest Suitor

“Mom, I really want to marry you,” Logan announced out of the blue as I was working in the kitchen this evening. “That’s sweet,” I said. I must have sounded dismissive because he said, “Seriously. I really want to marry you, ‘cuz I really like you.” “I really like you too,” I said. “That’s very […]

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Sarah:  What are some simple ways that parents can make their communication more effective? Gila:  When coaching parents, I teach them to use the following tools towards effective communication. It takes work, but is well worth it. 1. Listen Without Judgment — Bite your tongue. Control the impulse to correct, advise or judge. Encourage kids […]

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Conception Anxiety

Thanks to Amanda Keefer from Mamma Mia for guest posting for me today! I am officially diagnosing myself with a case of conception anxiety. I now truly believe this is the reason a “higher power” arranged my first child as a surprise. How would I ever have deemed it was “time”? When are you ready? […]

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Leaving the kids

I was reading Amanda’s blog over at Mamma Mia the other day and she was talking about the reactions she got from people when she mentioned that she was leaving her daughter with her parents for a week. She got responses like, “Wow, you must really trust your parents,” as well as people who seemed […]

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Happy Father's Day!

To all you fathers out there who help out with your kids, love them, nurture them and spend time with them, we moms appreciate you — we couldn’t do it without you. Happy Father’s Day!

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Taking a break

Next week will be a bit different. I’ll be out of town, so I’m going to have a couple guest bloggers. I’ll also be taking a break from my parenting methods series, which I’m going to start running on Fridays. I’ll be doing some more giveaways in the near future, so be on the lookout […]

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Summertime Blues

Taking a break from parenting methods/styles, I’m pulling in the post I wrote earlier today on Larger Families. I know, how could I possibly have the blues in the summertime, a time of long, sun-filled days, swimming, camping, boating, campfires and leisurely days? Summer is my favorite time of year. The kids are home, the […]

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Today you can find me over at…

Blogging ‘Bout Boys, where I’m the guest blogger. WARNING: To those of my family members with high sensitivity to “crude” terminology (you know who you are), you may want to skip this one.

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All this talk about helicopter parenting and too much involvement in children’s lives has gotten me thinking about my future relationship with my daughters. A fellow writer wisely commented on the self-proclaimed helicopter mom profiled in the Boston Globe article, the one I said yesterday didn’t seem like a helicopter parent to me. I would […]

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So, continuing yesterday’s discussion, how much is too much parental involvement? Where should we draw the line? Obviously helicopter parenting by its very definition implies over-involvement in a child’s life. In general, it seems to be looked upon as a negative method of parenting because it smothers a child’s decision-making and real-life skills, personal preferences […]

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