I got my 6-year-old son a Spider-Man shaving kit for Christmas and he said, “What is this for?” I told him to come close and whispered in his ear, “Daddy got one too, want to go learn how to shave with me later today?” He beamed and said yes! “Don’t tell anyone else, it will be our secret surprise.” Read More
Tag Archives: parenting
Where do we come from? How come everything exists? Why are we alive? Sometimes kids won’t ask you these questions, but what will you do when they start showing up? Read More
Many years ago, we tried the Elf on the Shelf. It was a desperate parenting move; I had a newborn, a toddler, and a brazen 3-year-old. In our case, the Elf on the Shelf backfired. That scoundrel caused far more trouble than he was worth.
If you are in a similar boat, or if you are just in need of an alternative, I have three fantastic options for you. Read More
What has four legs, is cranky, and exhausted?
Every Geek Parent who has ever taken their kids to a Convention. Read More
That’s right, I dropped out. Yeah yeah, I know, there’s still more than a week left before the end of the month, but come on, let’s stop kidding ourselves, shall we? This just ain’t happening. Read More
In his debut book ‘Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle,’ licensed social worker turned author Neil D. Brown, LCSW, shares his method for dealing with the sometimes devastating conflict in households between well-meaning parents and their teenage children. Read More
As a parent, it can be challenging to listen to whining and squabbles over boredom, but if you can get past that, boredom fuels creativity and learning! Read More
Before you tell me there’s no intrinsic value to bottle flipping, consider the following five reasons to go with the flow… or stick with the flip. Read More
Delight your preschooler with the ‘Tinyville Town’ series by Brian Biggs. The community will remind you of Richard Scarry meets Mr. Rogers! Read More
John Palfrey and Urs Gasser have updated ‘Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age.’
I do not think you need to spend much money to have some STEM fun. My children have enjoyed STEM challenges using cardboard boxes and broken pool toys. They have built forts and fairy houses. And one time I make a tinker kit for only $5.
That said, I spent a little money on our Tub STEM and the learning and peace has been priceless. Read More
Last Thursday, my youngest son read his first three books to me. As a bibliophile and homeschool mom, building a love of written language has been on my mind from the beginning. That is why I chose Brave Writer as our homeschool language arts curriculum. I know, without a doubt, that Brave Writer helped us to grow a love of the written word in our children. Read More
Most geek parents dream of the day they share their passion with their precious little spawnling. But my Marvel-loving loins gave birth to a DC Fan. Read More
When you have a sensitive boy in your family, you may feel torn between wanting to protect him from those pressures, and wanting to help him build a thicker skin. There’s a fine line, however, between strengthening his resiliency, and making him feel as though he’s not good enough the way he is Read More
Parenting is a catch and release thing. Read More
When I was a little girl, I loved poetry. Somewhere along the path to adulthood, I became disconnected from poetry… until I had children. And now, as an unexpected homeschooler, I find myself appreciating poetry in a way I hadn’t before. Thanks to the Brave Writer curriculum we love, we make space for poetry every week! Today, I’m sharing our family’s favorite titles and a few tips for adding poetry to your homeschool routine! Read More
Puke is my parenting kryptonite; it makes me feel like a failure, powerless. Read More
Oh my gosh, you guys. We had a night over here. Read More
Strong willed children test our boundaries as parents on a regular basis. They test our abilities to assert authority. They challenge us to be creative. Read More
“Raising Human Beings” outlines a simple, three-step approach to collaborating with your child when dealing with unmet expectations. Read More
A parent’s guide to losing the commute, peeing alone, and other benefits of working from home. Read More
The Brave Writer lifestyle is not only fun and easy to incorporate into your family’s routine but it also results in oodles of fun family experiences and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Read More
Ever get one of *those* questions from your kids? Not to worry, GeekMoms and GeekDads have you covered. Read More
It is time for a change. It is time to let our little boys into “the girls’ world” and our little girls into “the boys’ world.” Here’s how. Read More
Daily self care seems like being a lazy parent, but at what point is a break absolutely necessary? Do we have to wait until it’s doctor’s orders? Read More
Let’s face it: The news is scary.
It’s always been scary, but it has certainly upped the ante recently.
And this week? Downright painful.
When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading about Darwin and the theory of natural selection. I was wholly fascinated by it all. I fantasized about traveling to the Galapagos one day. I wanted to swim with the sea turtles and make important discoveries.
And then the Gulf War hit. Read More
‘Boys will be boys’ is not ok when boys are are invading the space and bodies of other children. Read More
I would not want to be family or friends of the Stanford Rapist right now. Not only would I be way too closely connected to a disgusting piece of trash, I would also be part of the problem. Read More
Accidents happen all the time. If you’re lucky your world remains intact. If you’re unlucky a beautiful life may be snuffed out. Read More
If I were to open a home organizing company (and I’m not, because I suck at organizing), I’d call it The Phoenix. Read More
I don’t know about you guys, but I can never do all the things. Today, I’m going to tell you how I taught my 4-year-old to do laundry. Read More
Am I raising an entitled children if I don’t make them attend a party with me? Or am I respecting their individuality? Are there guidelines that can spare me from the agony of decision making? Read More