Kids: They know how to get under your skin especially picky eaters.

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My daughter is a picky eater. Not your run-of-the-mill “eats only chicken nuggets” picky eater, but the “”I’m going to taste everything then spit it out picky eater. This morning was a nightmare for me. First, a little back-story:

I am a terrible cook. I never learned how to cook when I was younger, and my husband has tried for years to teach me. But I keep having debacles in the kitchen, so my kitchen confidence is at an all-time low.

This added to the fact that my daughter hates to eat, gives me a bit of a “complex”. I’m neurotic, I’ll totally admit that, but when you have a little one who is constantly telling you how BAD everything is you start believing it.

Last night, my husband made chicken parmesean from scratch. It was amazing. Nearly every bite M took, she complained about or spit it out. She mostly uses the excuse “there’s fat on it”. Which we knew wasn’t the case, it was just smothered in cheese. Apparently, she can’t handle that. So we told her to go to bed. We weren’t putting up with this anymore.

Fast forward to this morning:

So this morning (a snow/ice day) M stayed home from school. I thought it would be nice if I made scrambled eggs and toast for a little brunch. As I’m making the eggs, M comes over and says “I hope you aren’t going to give them to me like that”. Uh, no. Wasn’t planning on serving them raw. Justsayin.

So she goes off to do whatever 7 year-olds do while their mom is screwing up breakfast, and I call her back in to place her plate in front of her.

And her response?


Whoa there nelly,

1) Didn’t ask your opinion on what I was going to put in front of you because you can’t have eggs without toast. Sorry, it’s like a hotdog and mustard. You just don’t do it.

2) Every time I make eggs, you steal some of mine.

So she did the logical thing. Took two bites and declared she was full.

I was furious. I told her no more treats (candy, chips- you know- the normal kid crack) until she could handle herself at the table for an entire week. She needs to be thankful for the meals we make her, and not spit out the food. Not only is it rude, but it’s gross!

So do you have a picky eater? How do you handle dinner time? I need all the advice I can get on this one because I’m pulling my hair out.


Kiddie Leashes- one hot topic.

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Photo: The Eddie Bauer Child Harness Buddy from Target

I’m a member of a forum that covers travel. Specifically Disney travel.

Recently, the topic of “kiddie leashes” came up. I knew the moment I read it, there would be differences of opinions.

I’ll be honest- I used to be 100% dead-set against leashes for children. I really thought it was the lazy-parent route. I had a daughter who never needed one, so I thought I could judge. …Continue Reading…


Ragu Mom’s the Word on Dinner!Manners- who, what, where and when.

I am so excited to announce that I’m officially the new brand ambassador for Ragu’s Mom’s the Word on Dinner campaign!


This is so exciting for my family and I  because:

1) Ragu is “yummy deliciousness”. Direct quote from my 5 year-old.

2) They understand and appreciate the importance of a mother’s influence and care about giving us …Continue Reading…


Parenting struggles with a strong-willed child.

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I don’t know what has gotten into my 5 year-old lately. She seems like a different person.

Within the past 3-4 weeks, she’s been throwing some MAJOR temper tantrums over little things.

Like today, she knows that she’s not allowed to jump on beds.

Needless to say that when I got out of the shower this morning, I caught her jumping on my bed.I asked her if she knew she wasn’t supposed to do it. Her answer was “Yes. I know I’m not to.”

Um, okay. …Continue Reading…


Seriously Slacking Sunday

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I know it seems as if I’ve abandoned my blog, and I kinda have.

Unfortunately (fortunately that we’ve noticed?) lately, life has certainly taken over and motherhood has been the focus. We’ve been having some discipline/educational issues with M lately, and are giving our complete focus to her.  Granted the issues we’re experiencing are because she’s bored in school and in her ballet lessons. She’s one of those kids who need constant movement, and once she has something figured out, she needs to move on or it’s play time. We recognized the issue, and prayed about what to do. Thankfully God pointed us in a positive direction that is already benefiting not only M, but also our entire family.

Even though I swore I never would home school M, it’s been the solution to her discipline issues we’ve …Continue Reading…