Tag Archives: parenting

Jump on the STEM bandwagon

I have STEM religion now.  I have heard the facts, been working with the experts, and now I am fully on board.  A couple of years ago, I didn’t know what STEM meant (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and I certainly didn’t get why it was becoming such a buzz topic.  Now I get it.  The […]

It’s Show Choir Time! Mama Says So!

 Heavy makeup, curled hair, bedazzled dresses.  I gape as my soccer-gear- wearing daughter appears transformed into a curious mix between an Irish Step Dancer and a low rent hooker.  And she doesn’t even seem to mind!  In fact, on a Saturday morning she and her contemporaries are gussied up and on a bus at the […]

Best Teaching Website – Mama Says So

Am I the last person to know about the Kahn Academy?  This is the most brilliant website ever!  I am not ashamed to admit that my kids’ math classes have surpassed my memory of quadratic equations and plotting algebraic charts.  So where do I tell them to go when they’re stumped with their homework?  To […]

Whew! I’m just a Free Range Parenter

As I Googled “Worst Mom Ever” hoping I don’t show up on page 1, I was filled with  relief.  Not only am I not named, but the honor goes to a woman named Lenore Skenazy.  So I read to see what Lenore’s deal is, only to find – She’s MY NEW HERO!   Lenore has coined the […]

Easter Eggs Forever

     I thought we may have passed the stage where coloring Easter Eggs was a “Must Do”.   But I thought wrong!  The kids freaked at the suggestion of skipping the whole stinky mess.  So we trooped out, bought the eggs and the Paas dye, and went to town.  It was a classic afternoon, and […]

Eagle Scouts Rock! Mama Says So

Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.  I wish more people had that as their personal mission statement!  The Boy Scouts do.  I mean, its hard enough to try to live up to all those adjectives, but to be cheerful on top of it all? That’s seriously tough. The only thing […]

Go Play Outside! Mama Says So!

It’s 80 degrees in the Chicago area and its still only April!  This is tantamount to a national holiday.  We’ve busted out the shorts and tees and everyone is outside enjoying the weather – well, almost everyone.  I have the bevvy of sulky tween girls hanging here who are “bored” and “will maybe just watch a […]

The Tiger Mom – Marketer or Meanie?

I may have been late to the game in hearing about the Tiger Mom.  But no problem – I can jump to my own conclusions lighting fast!  Besides being a terrible drag to grow up with or hang out with, Amy Chua (Tiger Mom)  has one factor working for her – she’s a brilliant publicity […]

Family Outing to WWE’s Night of Champions

We don’t look like a likely trio, me and my kids, waiting in line in the parking lot for the arena doors to open to the pay-per view WWE matches. Maybe because we didn’t have tee shirts that said AWESOME, RAW, or Smackdown! Or maybe because we don’t have our own wrestling masks, cardboard signs, […]

The Power of Play

Even though I have been in the toy industry for years, I was reminded lately about the importance of play.  According to the experts who have been studying child behavior for years, play is the primary way that kids learn how to socialize, imagine, create and think for themselves.  Play also serves as a way […]