Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

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

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Babysit Your Own Kids: 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

Childcare Options in Loudoun: 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

The Santa Claus Lie: 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

Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Ashburn offers several great options to help overcome children's stress after a move. I've read that one of the reasons 2-year-olds are so ornery is that they are trying to understand how the world works. They insist on having the same plate everyday because it brings a sense of balance into their developing worlds. (And, … Continue reading Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother comes up with ways to cope when life’s joys spit on her all at once. I think the universe has piled just a little too much crap on top of me, and I came close to snapping today. I dislike woe-is-me, I’m-so-busy tales, but here’s mine as an explanation. This morning I woke … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Should parents abandon their own common sense in the hope their kids will be “normal?" We have a bit of information overload when it comes to parenting. From email updates to online communities to family and friends to support groups, everyone has something to say about how you raise your kids. And, usually, the advice … Continue reading Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

What do you do when someone else's kid is misbehaving? My friend, Vickie, will no longer take her son to a certain park in Ashburn. It's not because of broken equipment, shoddy upkeep or those dang teenagers. She is afraid of a 5-year-old who lives in the house nearby. Every time she brings her son … Continue reading Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article

The launch of NASA’s last space shuttle encourages a mom to find more screen-free activities. NASA launched its final space shuttle, Atlantis, into space on Friday. It’s the end of an era. No more American-led space trips, at least for now. Space exploration is a fossilized notion. And, worst of all, I will never be … Continue reading At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article