Baby Brother, Georgie

When Lee and I got married, we never said how many kids we wanted, just that we wanted them.  We were warm and fuzzy about it, saying when our family was complete, we’d know. Six years ago, my husband became very firm on his stance that our family was full.  Rita is six.  You can…

What the World Needs Now

I have read enough John Irving novels to know it is impossible to construct a figurative protective dome around one’s family. As our sons, Evan, 5, and Sean, 3, experience more of the world and its many wonders, I struggle with the balance between letting them explore and stumble or being a “helicopter parent,” hovering,…

New Year, New You

So, like everybody else who made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, I had started improvising on the snacks. With a weakness for anything sweet & salty, I  immediately started diving into trail mixes and granola as options. I started to notice that my kids, instead of eating the chips and cookies, were eating…

Think Like a Preschooler

Boston’s Early Childhood blog had a great post recently. It has to do with how children and adults answer four simple questions. The majority of adults get the answers wrong. Curious? Here are the questions: 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?…

The name game

My name is unusual.  I have never met another person named Rhaea.  I typed my name into Facebook and there are 10 other women there with my name.  But I have never met them.  So it doesn’t count. Having an unusual name has been character building.  By age 5, I was tolerant of its mispronunciation…

Guest Blog: Date Night on a Budget

Our Guest Blogger is Kim Covert from Dexter, Michigan. Kim is a certified teacher turned stay-at-home mom of four great kids. She is married to her high school sweetheart. She also has a Chocolate Lab named Gibson and a cat named Annie. DATE NIGHT ON A BUDGET I have made it no secret that we…

Healthy, Happy New Year

It’s still January, so Happy New Year to you! January is a time when many people start to think about what they’re going to do differently this year. Often those thoughts go to being healthier. Check out this Healthy H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R at MSU Extension for some ways for your whole family to get jump…

Resolutions

With the New Year fast approaching everyone is thinking about those yearly resolutions. They make resolutions to make a fresh start for the New Year, to change old habits or to create new positive ones. This year, why not include your family? You and your family could make resolutions to have a  weekly game night,…