100 Thoughts Every Parent Has at the Beach with Kids

“I love the beach!” I exclaimed to my husband while loading up the last of our beach baggage. “Why don’t we go more often?” “Because you hate the beach,” he quipped. “No, I don’t! Sun, surf, sand — what’s not to love?” “At best, you have a love-hate relationship with the beach. Every parent does. It’s […]

Dear Kids, It’s Not My Job to Entertain You This Summer

  Three days into summer vacation and my kids are already bored. Apparently 42.8% of one week is all it takes to eat all the “good” food, catch up on the DVR, and tire of video games. Did my kids think I had some kind of not bummer summer in the works? Did they assume […]

How to Fight on a Family Vacation

Hi there, savvy travelers! Remember me? I’m the one who shared all those do’s and don’ts of family vacations just last week. The one who thought she had it allllllllll figured out. Well, I’m also the one who just got back from a 4-day 1,100 mile Las Vegas/Grand Canyon/Sedona road-trip adventure with my husband and two kids … […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Vacation

In two days we’ll be packing up the car and heading to the Grand Canyon for what I hope will be a memorable family adventure. With two active kids and miles and miles of road under my fanny pack, I can tell you that our family has done vacations right, done vacations very wrong, and done […]

How to Get Work Done This Summer with Kids at Home

So hey there, I’m pretty excited to be over at Mom 2.0 Summit sharing my kid-tested, WAHM-approved tips for getting work done with kids at home all summer. Take a look by clicking HERE!

6 Teacher-Recommended Ways to Combat the Summer Slide

Summer means a lot of things – fun in the sun, cookouts, and time with friends and family, but it can also lead to a loss of academic skill that your child worked so hard to acquire over the previous school year. The good news is that keeping academic skills sharp over the summer months […]

5 Ways My Older Son is Helping Out with His Little Brother This Summer

This summer marks my third as a work-at-home mom. Long gone are the days of full-time summer daycare programs and group field trips. Gone are the uninterrupted work days in my freezing cubicle and an actual quitting time. I’m on summer’s schedule now, desperately trying to fit work into a house inhabited by kids. While […]

Kids Reveal What Summer Means to Them

When we think back on our own childhoods, what do we remember most? School, a few holidays, the family pet, and summer. We remember pools, beaches, road trips, lazy days, and sleeping in. We remember ice cream trucks, playing until the street lights came on, sleepovers, and summer camp. We remember cookouts, playing in the […]

What Kind of Summer Parent Are You?

“I just love summer vacation,” a mom told me yesterday at school pick-up, “we have plans almost every day this summer!” “Not us,” said a fellow mom, “my kids are on their own. Summer is my season off! I expect mine to fend for themselves.” All the summer vacation talk got me thinking about where […]

25 Things for Kids to Do This Summer

The lazy days of summer are all fun and games until the first, “I’m boooooooored.” Parents, we know you don’t have the time or energy to play social director, so we’ve come up with a list of 25 activities to keep your kids engaged and active this summer.