Household, Kids, Parenting

Kids, Chores and Allowances

I did some actual CARDIO at the gym yesterday (the stairmill) after my shoulders/triceps workout. Crazy, I know, because I'm not usually big on traditional cardio. While I climbed stairs, I listened to this recent The Mom Hour episode about household chores. It got me thinking about a couple of things: #1- It would be… Continue reading Kids, Chores and Allowances

Kids, Parenting

Summer screen time plan: Downtime

Summer vacation is a mere two days away now!! We've been trying to start thinking through our summer screen time plans. I think we might be onto something that will work for us, and it involves the use of the iPhone's "Downtime" feature. We tried to think about what matters to our boys, and discussed… Continue reading Summer screen time plan: Downtime

Kids, Life, Parenting

Heat wave and teens/compromise

It's Hot We've entered summer, apparently, here in Wisconsin.... never mind that just last week we seemed firmly on the outskirts of winter. Spring just never showed up this year. It was 90 degrees yesterday. !!!! I heard on the news that it was actually a record high temperature for May 10. I finally caved… Continue reading Heat wave and teens/compromise

Parenting, Wisdom

Picking your battles wisely (with kids)

A friend shared a post on Facebook yesterday that I absolutely loved. These are the types of posts that I truly live for on social media- it felt insightful, relevant, valuable and it spoke to me. I clicked "save!" "save!" as fast as I could. 😉 The main point I took away was that parenting… Continue reading Picking your battles wisely (with kids)

Kids, Parenting, Productivity

A 12 year old’s perception of “free time”

Asher is really busy right now. Obviously he is back in school, but he also has play practice after school, volleyball Tuesday/ Thursday and swim practice almost every night. It's a lot! Possibly (probably?) bordering on "too much", but we decided to allow it because it's a fairly short period in time. (The play is… Continue reading A 12 year old’s perception of “free time”

Kids, Life, Parenting

A High/ Low & Challenge Day 6

High of this week so far: TV. Did anyone else happen to notice that the This is Us Season 6 premiere came out on Tuesday night???? 😃😃 We watched Seasons 1-5 this past year and loved it, so I was very excited for this. This is probably the first time I have excitedly awaited a… Continue reading A High/ Low & Challenge Day 6

Kids, Life, Parenting

Rollercoaster weekend/ parenting is hard

Yee-haw, what a weekend!! It felt like a total rollercoaster. So, we left Saturday morning for the swim meet, as I mentioned. First of all, those were some LONG days at the pool. We were essentially there from 9 am until almost 8 pm both days, with a couple hour break in between Prelims and… Continue reading Rollercoaster weekend/ parenting is hard

Parenting, Podcasts

Quotes on parenting + mental load

I did listen to the Best of Both Worlds episode on Division of Labor & Mental Load the other day, and I found myself nodding along with interviewee Allison Daminger. I was out walking, so I snapped some screenshots to remember particular segments that spoke to me. I love the tip to screenshot podcasts when… Continue reading Quotes on parenting + mental load