February 3, 2017
Be part of the fun on Facebook and Twitter. Nothing gets your adrenaline pumping in the morning like the email for online parent teacher conference sign-ups when you realize you have to coordinate three conferences at consecutive times before any … Continue reading
February 2, 2017
In my last “Ask Maralee” post I addressed how my family has worked to build trust with our kids through the words we’ve used and how we talk to them. Today I want to address how we’ve used our actions … Continue reading
January 30, 2017
Dear Maralee, I wonder if you would write about some of the practical ways you’ve built trust and helped your kids get to where they are (and continue to go). What are some resources that have most helped? What are … Continue reading
December 28, 2016
Okay, I just finished wiping the breakfast remains off the table and I have a minute before all crazy breaks loose over here, but I wanted to tell you something. Having all the kids home for break has given me … Continue reading
Well, I’m here to eat crow in the most delightful way possible.
A couple days ago I posted a link to a tutorial on how to fold a napkin into a Christmas tree. . . because you know, the holidays aren’t stressful enough without having to fold our napkins into pretty shapes. Yeah, this is not how I am wired. I was going to complain about the perfectionistic tendencies the holiday season tends to bring out, but then decided that there are women who genuinely love this stuff and I wanted to be supportive of them. So I was all, “Ladies, you do you.” and felt good about it.
And then my seven year-old son saw the video.
He said to me, “That looks like origami. I like origami.” He then watched the video a couple times, napkin in hand, and mastered the technique. There are now 15 of these Christmas tree napkins waiting for our family dinner party tomorrow evening.
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December 14, 2016
My child left for school in a huff today. It was very much an “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” scenario. The cereal selection wasn’t what he was hoping for, he had a last minute request … Continue reading
December 2, 2016
I know sometimes people are curious about what life looks like when you’re raising a bunch of young kids. Every once in a while I get the, “How do you do it?” question. While most of the time I just … Continue reading
December 1, 2016
I am by and large a “live and let live” kind of parent. You do what works for you, Moms. But today I’m just feeling fed up with the whole Santa game and the Santa-infused nonsense this time of year … Continue reading
November 14, 2016
I love my community over on Facebook and Twitter. Come join me. The toddler just entertained herself for 30 minutes by “painting.” (putting water onto construction paper with a paintbrush) #protip #yourewelcome Me: Did you know one of The Property Brothers … Continue reading
October 4, 2016
I don’t watch scary movies. Ever. At all. I’m not interested in being scared for fun. The daily diaper changes and the ever-present laundry question “what is in that pocket” are about all the suspense my body can handle. So … Continue reading