Do we need a reordering of the family?

I’ve always joked around and said our household is a dictatorship. I’m the parent, you’re the child, and you’re going to do what I say. At ages 4 & 2, my guys know they are NOT the boss.

Humor and sarcasm aside, this is a really good article.

Why Kids today are out of shape, disrespectful – and in charge

Do you agree with Dr. Leonard Sax? Do we need a reordering of the family?

Bananas Going Bad? Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread

Last week my toddler was on a banana frenzy. So like any Mom, I picked up more bananas grocery shopping. Guess who hates bananas this week? Go figure! I was so sick of looking at the “very” ripe bananas on my kitchen counter, that I decided to make cinnamon sugar banana bread.

Ingredients:

Banana Bread Mixture:

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup of butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
salt, dash
1 .5 cups of flour

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Mixture:

1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with Crisco. Next flour the loaf pan.

First mix the ripened bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Next, mix the baking soda and salt into the banana bread mixture. Last, stir in the flour.

In a separate bowl, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 table cinnamon.

Pour half of the banana bread mixture into your loaf pan. Next, pour the cinnamon sugar mixture. Last, pour the remaining banana bread mixture on top of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon and sugar swirl mixture on the banana bread mixture.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Serve with milk, tea or my favorite, coffee.

Enjoy!

How Motherhood Calmed Me

Have you ever glanced down at your phone and wondered, “what’s wrong now?” Since becoming a mother, that seems to be my new norm; uncertainty, quickly switching gears, and going with the flow. It’s amazing how in four short years things change.

Prior to having kids, I was a major control freak. I’d ponder up a pretty good idea, play it out in my pretty little head, and pretty much watch it play out perfectly. If it didn’t, I was pretty pissed.

Fast forward to today, I take things as they come. In any given moment, someone may decide they need to use the bathroom right as we are about to walk out the door. Or maybe someone projectile vomits through your minivan one hour into a ten hour trip.  What ever it may be, fevers, stomach bugs, busted heads, broken fingers, emergency room visits, things that use to bother me, simply don’t bother me anymore.

Sometimes you have to give up something you want, in order to gain something in return and for me that was relinquishing control and gaining two boys in this wild, unpredictable journey called motherhood.

How has motherhood changed you?

Keeping Children Safe During the Winter Months

It’s a bitter 27 degrees in Georgia. I know, I’m from Pennsylvania, I should be able to take it. Truth is, I can do without the cold and snow. That’s why I moved. Many of us across the United States are embarking on our first storm of the season. The winter season can be just as dangerous as the summer season for children.

Check out the American Academy of Pediatric’s Winter Safety Tips.

Winter Safety Tips

Thank You Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I vividly recall the first time I visited the King Center in Atlanta. My husband (then boyfriend) and I toured the facility, closely examining the exhibits and memorabilia. I remember viewing the funeral wagon that carried Dr. King’s body and I burst into tears. I was overcome with emotions! In that moment I felt a range of feelings; sorrow, joy and gratitude. I am grateful for Dr. King’s vision, persistence, and faith. Most importantly, thank you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for allowing my family to “dream.”

 

Children’s Books Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My family has always celebrated the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I type, my husband, the chairperson for our local Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. committee is diligently  working on a series of events that will take place in our home town this weekend. I think it is very important to teach our children about the past – the good, bad and ugly. With that, I also think it’s very important to teach them to understand and share the feelings of another. Talking about diversity and race can be a touchy subject. To make that conversation a little easier I have attached a link of books that celebrate Dr. King and standing up for what is right.

Books for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

How was your first week of 2016?

After a relaxing and uneventful 11 day break, I was ready to get back into the swing of things last week. Boy, did we get back into the “swing” of things. Our first week of the New Year was pure hell! My youngest son got his hand caught in our front door, which led to a trip to the emergency room and two stitches. Not even 24 hours later, he spiked a terribly high fever and was sent home from daycare. Turns out, he picked up something in the form of a stomach bug!

I swear, there is never a dull moment when it comes to parenthood. As our weekend winds down, I can’t help but look forward to this upcoming week. It can only get better from here, right?

How was your first week of 2016?

How We Survived the Flu

This holiday season brought many joys and memories, but it also brought the FLU! It was the Monday before Christmas that I got the “call” from daycare. Trace had a low-grade fever. Luckily, my husband was on vacation that week and went to pick up our little patient. He appeared to be alright – simply a runny nose and cough. However, the next morning, my husband text me stating he was going to take him the doctor. I didn’t object. See, he has asthma so  I assumed his cough and wheeze was just that – asthma. Dad would take him to the doctor, they would prescribe some prednislone, he would do a breathing treatment and they would on their merry way. You could imagine my dismay when my husband said he had the FLU!

After panicking (nobody has ever had the flu in our house) and bombing the house with Lysol on my lunch break, I gathered my composure. He had had the flu shot, perhaps this would be mild. And it was! By Wednesday he was back to his normal wild and loud self!

Here is how we survived.

  • Disinfecting – I always said Lysol wipes were a Moms best friend. I thoroughly cleaned our home, the boys bedrooms and washed the linens and toys.
  • Fluids – Trace didn’t seem too interested in eating, so we really pushed the fluids. Pedialyte, water and the Pedialyte freeze pops are our favorites.
  • Rest – The “one” day that Trace was down, we made sure he was resting. Honestly, this is the most still I have ever seen my child! Can’t he be this still and not be sick? Ha-ha.
  • Anti-Viral Medication – I think we caught the onset of the virus pretty quickly. Like I said, I thought it was an asthma flare up. Twice a day, for five days he took the Tamiflu anti-viral medication and continued with his regular breathing treatments of pulmicort and albuterol.
  • Hand Washing/Avoidance – I prayed the rest of the family didn’t catch the “cooties.” We were extra vigilant in hand washing and I tried to keep the boys separated as best I could. They weren’t too happy about that.

For more information on the flu, visit the Centers for Disease Control.

Flu Information for Parents and Children

Has the flu bug ever hit your home?

What tips would you suggest?