Something funny happened to me this morning. I woke up early, around 5 A.M. because the baby couldn’t sleep. When I looked at my phone to check the time, I noticed I had a text from Elijah. “Can I get a tattoo?” his text message read. My first feeling was shock. “Um, what?! A tattoo?!!”… Read More #FinalThoughts: How I Really Feel About My Teen Son Wanting a Tattoo
When should teens start thinking about life after high school? Now! It’s never too early to have a conversation with your teen about preparing for a career and college. I started talking to Elijah and Michala about college and jobs once they started high school. It has been an ongoing conversation over the years. I… Read More 5 Tips to Help High School Students Prepare for College
When I think of all of the television shows I grew up watching, Degrassi is one TV show that definitely sticks out in my mind. Degrassi Junior High (1987-1989) and Degrassi High (1989-1992) left a lasting impression me, so much so, that I shared my love for the Canadian teen shows with my own daughter… Read More Degrassi, Canada’s Longest-Running Drama Series, Connects Parents and Teens to Relevant Issues
Happy Friday, friends! I am SO happy the weekend is finally here because this week has been a very busy week for me. Travis started work at a temp job so we had to readjust to his working outside of the home again. It was nice having him home for four weeks and getting extra… Read More #FinalThoughts: Do Something For You This Weekend
The other day, Travis went to the post office to mail our tax documents. While at the post office, he sent me a text to let me know he was leaving the post office. “Also picked up a Selective Service form for Elijah” Um, what? Selective Service form? I knew about the Selective Service, but I… Read More #FinalThoughts: Cherish Every Moment You Have with Your Children
Did you march this weekend or watch any of the marches on TV? I watched some of the Washington, D.C. #MarchForOurLives on Twitter’s live feed. I was really proud of all of the young people who shared their stories and marched for a cause that is so important during this time in American history. It… Read More #MarchForOurLives and Talking Gun Violence with My Teens
Dress-up is one of Zhen and Zechariah’s favorite games to play at home. We have two storage boxes full of dress-up clothes for the toddlers. Zhen has at least two Frozen costumes and Zechariah has a kid-size policeman uniform and a ninja costume. The toddlers are also really into superheroes like Batman and PJ Masks.… Read More Do Your Kids Like to Play Dress Up?
Do you have a toothbrushing routine for your kids? I’ve been working really hard on teaching my toddlers about the importance of brushing their teeth every day. Of course, Elijah and Michala know how to brush their teeth because they are much older than my little ones. Sometimes Zhen and Zechariah are excited about brushing… Read More 8 Tips to Get Your Kids Excited About Brushing Their Teeth
If you were to come to my house to visit, you would probably see Zhen (5) dancing around the house in her favorite dress or princess costume. Every day she must wear a dress or a skirt. No pants! Because pants look weird. Only dresses and skirts because that’s what princesses wear. “How do I… Read More Because I’m Five
Hi, friends! Today’s post is sponsored by Wise Apple. My family and I partnered with Wise Apple to try their lunch delivery service and share our thoughts with you. You can read more about sponsored posts here. Toddler Life Means You Always Need to Pack Food Whenever we go out exploring or to a… Read More Why Brown Bag Your Kids’ Lunch When You Can Green Bag It?
So now that National Breastfeeding Month has come to an end, what happens now? I was thinking about this while I was at the Black Breastfeeding Summit at the Charles H. Wright African American Museum in Detroit. I was wondering what happens after breastfeeding month ends. What have I learned from this experience? And how… Read More Three Detroit Moms Share Their Thoughts on Breastfeeding
The month of August is National Breastfeeding Month. Each year women across the United States and the world celebrate and share their journey of breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding advocacy groups, lactation consultants, peer coaches and other breastfeeding supporters plan many events to raise awareness and support to educate women and the public about the importance of… Read More Why We Should Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week