Dear Kids, About that Allowance You Never Got from Me

Dear Kids, About that allowance I don't give you. You're welcome. Love, Mom

An open letter to my kids, all six of them, about that allowance that they never got from me no matter how hard they begged, no matter how hard they worked, no matter how hard they tried to state their case about how much they earned it. Dear Kids, you're welcome! Dear Kids, About that allowance you never got from me? You're welcome. All of you have asked for it over the years (except you, Bubby, my youngest and current favorite, but you will). You see, I'm one of those moms that doesn't believe in a traditional "allowance" because, really, I already pay you enough. I pay you too much, in fact. Let's dissect allowance, shall we? Allowance the amount of something that is permitted, especially within a set of regulations or for a specified purpose. Huh? Every time you broach this topic, my dear lovelies, I scratch my head. Can I have an allowance? By definition, it makes no sense. With practicality in mind, it makes even less sense. You cleaned your room and you want an … [Continue]

1st Day of School 2015: The Making of a Meltdown

My 3rd grader had a meltdown. How do you cope with the first day of school?

The first day of school is a joyous occasion for many, a new year of learning and making new friends. But in our house, it's often the making of a meltdown. I'm never sure who is going to breakdown, be it me or one of the kids, but I know it's bound to happen. How do you deal with a childhood meltdown? Here's our story of the first day of school 2015! The first day of school around our house is a pretty big deal. We bend the rules significantly during the summer months and truly give the babies a break. It's always been that way in our house, with all 6 kids, but possibly more with the youngest two for obvious reasons (hello, I'm not ready to let go of two more AND I know how quickly it passes). But with that said, when school time rolls around, specifically the day before, it gets real up in here. The day before is chaotic at best, scrambling around to get last-minute supplies ready, lunches made, uniforms laid out, dinner on the table on time, BED TIME...that kind of thing. I … [Continue]

A Successful Marriage Requires Falling in Love Again

The key to a successful marriage is falling in the love is falling in love with the save person many times

Everyone has marital problems from time to time. It's how we deal with them that's key. A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Life has its struggles. We all know this, and yet, somehow it's all worth it. Marriage is no exception to this rule. Marriage is hard work, y'all. But it's totally worth it because that bond has so many perks. That bond is the true meaning of life. THAT BOND is what makes or breaks a successful marriage and family, and when that bond is challenged, it's time to fix things. B and I are certainly no exception to the "challenged bond" rule. We've had our ups and downs. We all have. Those couples that tell you that their life is perfect? They're either lying to you or they're lying to themselves. I've said that many times, but it bears repeating. No one's marriage is perfect. We're all human. We'll disagree. We'll fight. We'll have a propensity to give up. Just quit. Human. But what do you do when you think the … [Continue]

Make Family Memories in Your Own Back Yard

Natty Ocean Island Summer Escapes Pool Party

Stop spending all of your money thrill seeking at amusement and water parks. The best family memories are made in your own back yard and Backyard Ocean has you covered with their Float to Fill Ring Pools. Note that I did receive this product to give to my extremely precious granddaughter in exchange for my honest opinions, and memories none of us will ever forget. Children are actually very simple to please, before we teach them otherwise that is. I think we often forget that in our quest to keep up with the Jones. That Jones family that has all that great stuff and goes on lavish vacations? They aren't happier than you. They are just maxed out on credit cards, and quite honestly, they're probably trying to keep up with you too. Toss all of that aside, stop spending copious amounts of money on amusement parks and water parks (that probably stress you out anyway...wait, that's not just me, right?), and make affordable and fun family memories in your own back yard! Your kids, and your … [Continue]

Everyone’s Not a Winner in this Era of Entitlement

Generation Z: We're raising a generation of brats during this Era of Entitlement and it's time to stop!

Today's kids, Generation Z as they are being coined at the moment, are going to face a huge wake up call when they grow up and leave the nest. Personally I think they should be called Generation E or The Entitled because they are truly growing up in an Era of Entitlement, and as parents, we are to blame. Let's face it, the kids of today, well...they're pretty spoiled for the most part. I know there are exceptions, but let's don't go there, I'm talking the typical American kid here. They feel entitled while they happily grow up during the Era of Entitlement. Mine are no exception and it honestly drives me insane (so I guess insanity is an option). We all want the best for our children so we give them stuff, we let them do things, we want them to have a better life than we did, but are we, as parents and educators, really doing the right thing or are we doing them, and the future of our country, a disservice? Hear me out. I love my kids just as much as you do, but we're raising a … [Continue]

Life Lessons Learned from a Family Reunion at My House

Family visits and picky eaters

Family. It's complicated, especially when you grow up. Everyone moves on. Life goes on. You call each other. You text. You share Facebook space. You love and amuse each other...from a distance. But you don't share your "space". There's a reason for that. You each create your own space, and it's a beautiful thing. You all have your own rules, again beautiful. But what happens when you try to blend that family back together for an extended visit? CHAOS! That's what. We, my family, did just that last week and let me share the "life lessons" I learned from this family reunion at my house. Disclosure: This might piss off some family members, but you know what? They can't deny truth and I hope they laugh along with me on this one. There was fun, lots of fun, but there was chaos and I learned a lot from Galvestongeddon 2015.  If you're planning a family reunion AT YOUR HOUSE any time soon, I urge you to read this list first. Because, for real, it might be rough on you and I think you … [Continue]