Mommy!! Can You Hear Me?

Mommy!! Can You Hear Me?

By Tracy Madlener I have written many opinion pieces on parenting and I’m always surprised that I don’t have more hate mail sitting in my inbox at the end of my day.  I am downright harsh on bad parenting but I am also the first one to admit when I’ve made a mistake.  I mean […]

I’m Your Mother… Not Your Friend

I’m Your Mother… Not Your Friend

By Tracy Madlener I am a mom of two kids and I have been known to tell them that I am their mother, not their friend.  The first time I told my youngest that, her face crumpled and it hurt my heart to not give her a warm mommy hug, but she was being naughty […]

The War on Bullying Starts With Bullying Adults That Spawned Bullying Children

The War on Bullying Starts With Bullying Adults That Spawned Bullying Children

By Anise Smith I read a post today about bullying and how SCHOOLS need to do a better job with addressing this issue and come up with different strategies because the strategies that are now in place are not working. Oh wow, really? Well imagine that? It’s not working because we are on the wrong […]

Are You Letting Your Inner Child Make Your Grown Up Decisions?

Are You Letting Your Inner Child Make Your Grown Up Decisions?

By Tracy Madlener I have a teenage son who I’m constantly maneuvering his thoughts and ideas about life.  Now don’t start thinking that I’m some sort of control freak mom, his thoughts are his thoughts… I just sprinkle other perspectives onto his teenage brain and I’m hoping he might catch a glimmer of what it […]

Children Are Not An Excuse To Do Less, But The Reason To Do More

Children Are Not An Excuse To Do Less, But The Reason To Do More

By Barbara Farina As a mother of two children who works from home and still takes care of my home and family, I cannot but feel a little insulted when a woman or a man gives the excuse that they have to care for their children as the reason why they cannot hold down a […]

My Child Did What??

My Child Did What??

By Tracy Madlener I got the email first thing on a Monday morning and I’m sure that the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet.  The email came from a long time friend that I first met back when we were both new homeschool moms and our kids were the same age.  The letter accused my son […]

I Would Love To Fight For Your Cause But I’m Busy Trying To Keep My Son Alive

I Would Love To Fight For Your Cause But I’m Busy Trying To Keep My Son Alive

By Anise Smith I am very in tuned to what’s going on in the world. I know that there are animals that need to be saved, causes to promote, injustices to fight against and environments to be saved. As a human being, I have a vested interest in ALL of these things. I would love […]

When did swearing become a daily part of casual conversations?

When did swearing become a daily part of casual conversations?

By: Tracy Madlener “No f*#%ing way!”  Now that I got your attention, those were the words that got my attention while standing in line at Costco with my kids standing right next to me.  As I turned to the voice that made this comment, I looked at him, then looked at my kids, then looked […]

When I was your age and other things your kids don’t want to hear

When I was your age and other things your kids don’t want to hear

By: Amanda K. Fox I was recently reminded of a conversation I had with my daughter before she flew the coop to start he new life. I admit, I was at a loss for what kind of wisdom I was supposed to impart on her so I rehashed much of what I was told when […]

Living in the “Real World” of Parenting

Living in the “Real World” of Parenting

By: Tracy Madlener Guiding, advising, nurturing, and protecting.  Would you say that these adjectives describe parenting today?  Or maybe these are more appropriate… unaware, uninformed, irresponsible, and unrealistic. We all know that raising kids is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet.  Even if you’re not a parent, you’ve seen first hand a […]