Step Up, Speak Out: Kids are Endangered

June 9, 2011 Protecting Children for a Positive Future 0 Comments

A dedicated mother/grandmother just spoke to me today about her concerns for her grandchildren and the educational system’s changes occurring today. She informed me that cursive had been dropped from the curriculum, being told that with computers being the future, cursive was not a necessity. Furthermore, she was told that

Read More

No NO NOOOOO Grandma Boom!

June 5, 2011 Kids and Discipline 0 Comments

Marching around the kitchen and dining room to the tune of a tambourine and a shaker, 2 1/2 year old grandson, Grayson, and I, Grandma Boom, were having a hay-day! Energy was UP. Eyes were dancing along with the beat of the march. Suddenly, Grandma Boom got creative and turned

Read More


May 27, 2011 Children and Stress 0 Comments

“I can’t eat any lunch because it will just make me poop more.” And so my pre-schooler stated his case in 1984. Physiologically, Darion was correct. My challenge was to use HIS logic to further MINE. “You’re right, Darion, food will make you poop more. But the poop is just

Read More

Muddy Fairy PLay: Dedicated to Ms. Papaya, 31 today!

May 26, 2011 Children and Stress 0 Comments

Easter Sunday, 1985: Out into the woods we went to be in nature’s array of scents and scenes, picnic, hide-and-seek eggs with my sister’s family. My niece, Aliah (sometimes known as Ms. Papaya in my book), was 4. My daughter was 8. They were playing near a gurgling stream. Between

Read More

Busy Mom Stops to Play with Her Kids

May 18, 2011 Children and Stress 0 Comments

This week I was speaking with Brittany, who has a baby and a 5 yr. old. She and her husband are in the midst of moving to a new home and both have jobs. With young children, moving to a new location always has its stress factors. Parenting young children

Read More

Mimicking Toddler Bad Attitude Brings Success

May 15, 2011 Child Wellness 0 Comments

A fun time was being had by 2 1/2 year old grandson, Grayson, and myself, Grandma Boom, this weekend. Playing with Thomas the Train and friends, we were traveling to many fun places and getting into lots of train car jams, not to mention picking up a cowboy and zebra

Read More

Tantrum Surprise Ending

May 10, 2011 Children and Stress 0 Comments

We’ve all seen them….tantrums on the playground, in the grocery store, in a car, at someone’s house…..they make their mark and stand out in their own boisterous way. Tantrums frighten and anger those who don’t understand that young children will experiment with tantrums to figure out if they’re a tool

Read More

Bullied by a Copperhead Snake

May 5, 2011 Bullying 0 Comments

It was dusk but in the Kansas basement there was less light than outside the garage door where Dad was doing the bar-b-que. In 1959 I was ten years old, happily playing outside in the sultry summer evening when I ran into the basement to get a jump rope. Without

Read More

Crying Whimper Said It All

May 2, 2011 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Last Friday morning I took some food over to a neighbor, Renae, who is a mother-in-waiting, hosting an occasional conctraction. She’s the loving Mom of Jayden, who turns 2 this week. Playing with Jayden on the floor, at his level, was a hoot. Balloons, hopping chick, drumming and more. I

Read More