8 times you can’t say ‘no’ to your kids

As parents, we spend an awful lot of our time saying "no" to our kids. "Can I have candy for breakfast?" "No." "Can I have a pony?" "No." "Can I have $200?" "No." "Can I give my brother a haircut?" "No." "Can I put baby in a corner?" "No." (Nobody puts baby in a corner.) You get the idea. Sometimes we get so conditioned to...

Why is bedtime such a surprise?

Bed Time Surprise Joe Capell
Every night the kids go to bed. Every. Single. Night. And yet, almost every night it seems to come as a surprise. "What? Bed time? You've got to be kidding me, right? Are you trying to tell me you actually expect me to go to bed? This is unheard of! I won't stand for this!" Bed time for the kids at...

Before I had kids …

Before I had kids . . .
Before I had kids, I would go to whichever fast food restaurant was closest. Now, I'll drive 20 miles out of my way to find a fast food restaurant with a PlayPlace. Before I had kids, my only concern with stairs was how winded I might get if I had to climb several flights of them at once. Now, I look...

5 things to do while your kids nap

There's going to be a total eclipse of the sun visible across much of the United States this August. This is rare; the last time it happened was 26 years ago. Do you know what else is so rare that it only happens once or twice a lifetime? All the kids actually napping at the same time! If you have...

7 people to avoid at the drive-thru

The fast food drive-thru is a wonderful thing. It is a quick and convenient way to get a good, healthy meal. (Okay, so maybe "healthy" isn't the right word there. Let's go with "edible" instead.) Unfortunately, sometimes other people also want to use the drive-thru, and these people make the experience a little less quick and convenient. Here are seven...

5 ways 2017 will be better than 2016

It's a brand new year! 2017 is here to rescue us from all the despair and misery that 2016 wrought. 2017 will be fantastic! 2017 will be full of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows! 2017 will be apple fritters, jelly donuts and homemade chocolate chip cookies! It's going to be a great year. And if not, it's at least gotta be...

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

It would seem the world is divided into two camps: people who say "Merry Christmas" and people who say "Happy Holidays." (And a few grumpy souls who say "Bah, humbug.") Unfortunately, there are folks who think that because they say different things than others, they are involved in some kind of "war" with each other. It started when some people...

How small is your small town?

There are small towns, and then there are SMALL TOWNS. In a small town, if you order a pizza to be delivered from the local pizza restaurant, chances are you know the delivery driver, or at least know someone from his family. In a SMALL TOWN, you can't order a pizza from the local pizza restaurant, because there is no local...

5 reasons a box is the best toy ever

We have a box in our living room. It has been in our living room for quite a while. It is wonderful. Here's just a few of the reasons why: A box is affordable. We didn't pay any money to get the box. Oh, sure, you might say that part of our annual Amazon Prime fee goes to paying for the...

5 things parents can’t avoid

As parents, we all have the best of intentions. We want to be good parents and raise fine, upstanding children. But no matter how hard we try to do what is right and avoid any mistakes, there are some things that just can’t be avoided. These things will happen no matter how hard we try or how good we...
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