Don’t let Mother’s Day be the only time you take care of yourself. Mother’s Day was awesome. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast. I asked my husband for help when I got tired. I took an hour to myself to read a trashy novel. I scheduled a massage. I went to … Continue reading Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article
Lyme prevention is a must this season, especially for residents of Loudoun County. The weather has been nuts lately. Thermostats hit 90 degrees back in March. Yet it's almost May now and we're dealing with chilly, windy days. The one constant is that ticks are out full force. Unfortunately we're sitting in the hotbed of … Continue reading Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article
A pro-choice, pro-family mom speaks against Virginia's amendment requiring ultrasounds for abortions. I thought about writing something noncontroversial for this month's column—perhaps 99 ways to soothe a fussy baby (I wish I knew!) or Ashburn's unknown toddler artists. But last month, I got angry comments after giving tips for having fun on a day off. … Continue reading Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article
Pretend you're the babysitter to have a fun, stress-free day off with your own kids. It's the season of useless holidays and snow days (if we ever get a real winter). This used to mean relaxation and down time for me. Since the birth of my son, it means preschool closure and ramped up responsibility. … Continue reading Babysit Your Own Kids: Ashburn Patch Article
There are plenty of choices for childcare for working parents. My son is 3 months old. He can hold his head up, uncurl his fists, reach for objects, laugh, recognize loved ones and roll onto his tummy. He cannot sit up, eat solid food, roll from his tummy to his back or tell me if … Continue reading Childcare Options in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article
Jesus taught followers to love and honor our fellow man. The Winter Solstice occurred last night/this morning at 12:30 a.m. Along with many religious festivals honoring the event, Yule will celebrate the Earth's renewal and the lengthening of days. Continued on Patch...
A mother writes an open letter to the builder of the skeleton Santa. I, too, have a problem with how the holiday season has turned into a materialistic, commercial orgy of greed. In my humble opinion, this time of year should be about whatever religious holiday people celebrate, not about rushing through malls to snatch … Continue reading A Pointless Display: Ashburn Patch Article
Why does society condone lying to the kids? My son turns 3 years old this year. He now fully understands everything we say. When strangers ask him if he'll be a good boy for Santa, he remembers. He's got to be wondering who this Santa person is. And I don't want to lie to him. … Continue reading The Santa Claus Lie: Ashburn Patch Article
The giving season is back and people are crazier than ever. Those pesky fall holidays are out of the way. Now it's time to break out the 6-foot-tall plastic Santa and trip your fellow man to get to the last LeapFrog toy. Ah, the holidays. Continued on Patch...
A mom stays firm on rules through the tough times. My 2-year-old son went to daycare on Monday toting his shark costume for their Halloween parade. He came home in a Tigger outfit. Apparently, he wanted to be a horse instead of a shark and threw a major tantrum. (I have no idea why Tigger … Continue reading Discipline During Life’s Struggles: Ashburn Patch Article