My Top 10 Parenting Posts

A new year has begun, and it is time for my annual post of my top 10 parenting posts from the previous year. Now as many of you know even though Monday is for parenting posts, I often post on other topics on this day too. And what a crazy year this has been. And since COVID-19 is all over the news, I decided to try and pick posts that were not about the pandemic.

So here are my top 10 posts in no apparant order…

The challenges of eating out with picky eaters

This summer, I encouraged the kids to try some new foods. They are both picky eaters in their own way. And being non-adventurous eaters, they are usually hesitant to try new things. While this summer’s experiment went well, I now need to expand the items they will eat when we dine out. (To keep reading, click here.)

Hosting a Stress and Anxiety in Adolescence Seminar

Twice a year, our middle school parent-teacher association (PTA) hosts seminars to educate parents on student related issues. In October, we brought in several police officers to talk about drugs. In February, we decided to cover Stress and Anxiety in Adolescence. (To keep reading, click here.)

Celebrating Star Wars Day

Today is May 4th – better known as Star Wars Day. For those of you who are not Star Wars fans, May the Fourth sounds a lot like May the Force – as in “May the Force be with you” or as fans say today “May the Fourth be with you.” (To keep reading, click here.)

The kids are growing up

I know. It should seem obvious. Kids do grow up. But sometimes you just look over at your child and are startled at how much they have changed. (To find out more – about my 15 year old and 12 year old, click here.)

Planning a trip to Disney World…during a pandemic

For over a year, we have been planning a Disney World vacation. Last Fall, we settled on going over Thanksgiving…in 2020. Yeah, who would have guessed we would be in the midst of a pandemic? (To keep reading, click here.)

Disney during a pandemic

Over the Thanksgiving break (Nov 21 to Nov 28), our family went to Disney World. Yes, as COVID-19 cases rose, we took a vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. It was a fun trip – and one which felt safe. Disney has taken a lot of precautions, and they are serious about enforcing them.  (To keep reading, click here.)

Oh my! We have a new driver in the house

It is a mix of feelings when you first born reaches the age where he (or she) can learn to drive. I’m excited for him to move onto this new area, but at the same time, I have trepidation about him driving out there with all those other crazy drivers. (To keep reading, click here.)

Shark teeth and having the dentist pull baby teeth

If there was a contest to see who could have the most baby teeth pulled by a dentist, I think my son is winning. I’ve lost count how many teeth he has had pulled but I feel safe to say that 14 of his 20 baby teeth have come out at the dentist office. One of them during a cleaning but the rest we had her pull. (To keep reading and learn about shark teeth, click here.)

Students can and will wear face masks

Back in August when our school district began considering having in-person school, many people wondered if they would be able to get the students to wear masks all day. Would the kindergartners be able to keep their masks on? Would teens think they didn’t need them and keep taking them off? Would teachers spend most of their time telling students to put back on or to stop messing with their masks? (To keep reading, click here.)

Talking about racism, protests, and rioting

With stories all over the news, internet and social media, it is no wonder my son heard about George Floyd, the African American man who died due to police brutality. There is no excuse for the police officers’ actions. And Floyd’s death has sparked outrage and protests. (To keep reading, please click here.)

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