Archive for tag 'parenting'


Locked Out!

When Mr. Bear and I purchased our house over a year ago, we did what any new homeowner would do – we changed all the locks on the doors and had new keys made for us, our parents, and one spare. Once the keys were all distributed, we decided to hang up the spare key [...]

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The Things I Said I’d Never Do as a Mom

We all have a list like this, right? The things that made us roll our eyes with righteous indignation, elbow our friends and hiss, “Look. Look at that. I’ll never do that when I have kids.” Riiiight. Feast your eyes on my shattered parenting ideals, people. I said I would never … … Let my [...]


Value in the Margins

I am the product of a large-city suburbs. The Atlanta suburbs, if you want to get specific. As an adult, I don’t think I could even begin to unravel all the ways that my experiences as a child shaped me into the adult I’ve become. I am one gigantic tangle of past, present, and future. [...]


6 Ways to Teach Your Kids Delayed Gratification

Back in 2012, I wrote a post about the famous marshmallow test, and how developing delayed gratification and executive function are crucial to a person’s success and happiness. Charlie is at the same age as the kids that were tested, so I think about that marshmallow test a lot, and whether or not he would have waited [...]


Parenting Styles

We had a talk some time ago in my baby group entitled “Parenting styles.” I was like, ok, attachment parenting vs…CIO or something to that effect, but it was so different than what I expected. I’m really not doing justice to these ideas with my brevity, but here’s what I came away with – these [...]


Talking About the Birds and the Bees with Kids, Part 1

Now that our son is 4 1/2, he’s started to ask more questions about the birds and the bees. When I was a kid, most parents would wait as long as they could before having a Big Talk with their children (usually way after it would have been useful). Or, they would completely avoid the [...]


The Scourge of Entitlement, And 7 Ways to Fight Back

I can’t stand whining, so we’ve been working really hard to keep our kids from getting entitled. Sometimes we slip though, and it’s amazing how quickly entitlement can rear its ugly head!  Quick example: Charlie had a fever yesterday morning, so he stayed home from school.  After his temp was down, we went on a [...]

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