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We have all read the articles on the importance of music and art in brain development beginning from birth, hence the reason we sing lullabies to our babies, finger paint with our toddlers, and sing and dance with our...
Have you heard the cautionary tale for parents of teens? The one which results in your kid living in your basement until they are 30? Have you heard, that, if you are not careful, if you do not parent...

When Parenting is Boring

A few weeks ago, my husband sent me a link to a parenting article that openly used the B word in reference to parenting. Boring. He was elated. It turned out there was someone else in the world who shared his...
I expected to be on a beach in the Dominican Republic at this time for Spring Break. Instead, I am trapped inside, attempting to work from home and keep my four children entertained, if not educated. I fully realize that...
I'm going to start off by saying, I am an impatient introvert. In my childhood, I had never been to an amusement park larger than the Six Flags in Shakopee, MN (RIP, Prince). My parents never took us on...

This Part is Just Hard

I had almost forgotten what it's like to have a newborn. Even with all the joy and love a new baby brings, this part is hard. So hard. It's the kind of hard that brings you to tears of...
Madison is a town rich in educational opportunities for kids and families. It is definitely not short on science activities, venues, and events that strive to make science accessible to children of all ages. Below is a (likely non-exhaustive)...
  I have battled depression as long as I can remember. I didn’t label it as such when I was a teenager, I just remember mornings where I couldn’t get out of bed, and then the same thing happening for...
It has been 1176 consecutive days that I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding. My two daughters are exactly 18 months apart and I was fortunate to be able to breastfeed each of them up to their first birthdays. That...
I think the “no gifts, please” trend on kiddie birthday party invitations is rude. There, I said it, and it’s a relief to get this unpopular opinion off my chest. Judging from the amount of gift-less parties we have...
The changing colors can make Madison so magical around the fall. Hopefully you're able to get out and enjoy it! The next time you head out on a nature walk or play in the backyard, why not encourage your...

Back to School Blues

I can’t believe I am even about to write this because I can hear all four of my children screaming at each other in the basement, and the dog is barking herself silly right outside the back door and...

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Lake Geneva: Winterfest | February 2-6, 2022

(Lake Geneva, WI): Lake Geneva: Winterfest will be held this year from February 2-6. Along with the snow sculpting, the town will be abuzz...