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...

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 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...

Don’t Be “Mr. Important”

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Let me just state the obvious right here at the start: I'm more important than you! I shouldn't have to say it. I mean, I'm ME and you're YOU; of course I'm more important! We have rules for a reason, and that reason is to keep people like you in check. The rules apply to everyone except me, because I'm...

Summer vs. Back to School

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Summer vacation! For those who don't have to be at work, it can be a wonderful, fun-filled adventure. But, seemingly without warning it'll be time to go back to school, and it will all come to a screeching halt. On a random summer day, you can sleep in until 10:30 (or later) if you want. Once school starts, the alarm...

I Love a Parade – with entrants tossing candy

I love a parade! It’s July, so that means the parade season is here. Between the 4th of July, Pioneer Day, Fiesta Days, Orchard Days, Onion Days, Salem Days, Garfunkel Days, Daze Days, and Super Happy Fun Days, there are going to be a lot of parades over the next few weeks. People love these parades, so much so that folks will...

The Funny-ish Files: Get up and do something!

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Sometimes that recliner is just a little too comfortable. You know you should get up, get out and do something, and you're sure that you will...but in a few minutes. Not right now. You're cozy in the chair. You've got your smart phone and you're cruising through a game of Candy Crush. You're mindlessly watching another episode of Family Feud....

One size fits … sometimes

One size fits all. It's a phrase we often hear, but we seldom believe. Really? One size fits all? Have you seen the different sizes people are? Take a look at Mary Lou Retton. Then think of Shaquille O'Neal. (Picture him 40 or 50 pounds heavier than the last time you saw him, because now that he is retired and not...

New Year’s resolutions that we can all keep

It’s January! It’s a brand new year, and that means it’s time for a fresh start. Many of us use the new year as a beginning point to resolve to be better people. New Year’s resolutions can be big business. If you’ve ever been to the gym to workout during the first two weeks of January, you know what I...

The Laundry Is Never Done

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So, you are finished with the laundry? Good for you. But, are you naked? Unless you are naked, you are not REALLY finished with the laundry, because the clothes you are wearing need to be washed. (And if you are naked, please tell me that you aren't at the laundromat!) Doing the laundry seems simple enough: just put the clothes...