Homework Help Is Here

When you are working, the kids might come home from school before you do, what do you do for homework help?
There are many website that offer help with homework, but most of them are not free, and this can be a huge burden for parents who are already strapped for cash.
I have found some useful sites that my kids have been using to get assistance and practice when I am not around or when I am. [Read more…]

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When Bad Kids Happen To Good Parents

I have said in previous posts not to feel guilty because have made the choice to work.  In doing so, you don’t always get to be home when the kids get off the bus, so of course you worry about what they are getting into when you are not at home.  In the end, many working women blame themselves when the kids get into trouble, not only do we blame ourselves, we are also blamed by the media.  So should you beat yourself up if this happens? [Read more…]

It’s Ok To Have Me Time

So you get home from work, and you are met at the door with screams of, “MOM” and everyone is waiting to tell you about their day.  You are tired, but you smile and ask all the right questions, and now it time to unwind, and deflate from your day.  How do you get your time, and should you feel guilty for wanting it? [Read more…]

Madness in the Mornings – The Rush To The School Bus

Last school year, I was getting my kids up in the mornings, and the yelling did not stop until we left the house.  No one would get up, and then it took forever to get out of the house.  Then someone told me a story about a young man who could not keep a job and that changed my mode of operation. [Read more…]

Should I Give My Kids A Cell phone?

When do you think a kid should get a cell phone?  This answer varies depending on who is asked.  I have heard some parents say not until the kids can pay for it themselves, and I have heard other say 16, 13 etc. etc. [Read more…]

Should Kids be Allowed To Use Facebook?

Many of you might have gotten the Facebook question.  I answered “NO” for 2 years until my oldest guy turned 13 years old.  It was difficult for me to say yes, but I thought the only way for him to gain trust was to earn it.  So I buckled 🙂 [Read more…]

The Quest For The Right Nanny – The Childcare Dilemma

This is generally how the discussion goes when we are looking for a new nanny, we go back and forth:

Kids: “We want someone young mom, someone who can relate to us.”

Me: “I want some older, someone I can relate to, who is stable and can follow instructions.”

This is one of the most dreadful things to deal with as a working mother.  I started using live-in childcare when I had my second child.  I added the cost of daycare, and the risk cost of speeding down the highway to get the kids before 6pm, and decided that paying someone and having the convenience of them in the home was much better than daycare. There is also the added benefit of some light housekeeping.  Biggest problem however is finding the right person, who, where and how. [Read more…]