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March 2013

Mom's bucket list

03/29/13

Mom's bucket list

Been thrown up on Been locked out of the house by the kids Tended a skinned knee while cringing and feeling faint by the sight of blood Read a book to them using funny voices Hid from the kids to get a moment’s peace Forgotten to put money from the tooth fairy under their pillow Told them Chuck E. Cheese wasn’t open, so you didn’t have to go Claimed having no change for those ridiculous amusement rides in the mall Snuck vegetables into a dish via puree or shreds Pawned off a challenging/embarrassing question posed by the kids to your spouse Fed them popcorn or pancakes for dinner Caught yourself watching or listening to a kids’ program or music or brushing a doll’s hair without...

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Reading with newborns

03/27/13

Reading with newborns

Read aloud to your newborn. Not only is it a way to cuddle and bond, your baby gains language skills through hearing words says mom blogger Marissa Kiepert Truong, PhD.

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How martial arts has made me a better mom

03/25/13

How martial arts has made me a better mom

Martial arts teaches parenting tools such as patience, self-discipline, respect and structure, says black belt blogger Toni Langston.

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Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

03/22/13

Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Mom blogger Rachée Fagg likes but doesn't love Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful. The witches needed more character development, she says.

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 Visit the Caring Easter Bunny — a unique event for children with special needs

03/20/13

Visit the Caring Easter Bunny — a unique event for children with special needs

Philadelphia-area children and parents are encouraged to visit King of Prussia Mall this Easter season as the mall kicks off its annual Bunny Photo Experience starting March 7 through March 30 at the JCPenney Court in The Plaza and on the lower level of The Court by Bloomingdale’s. Offering families a chance to celebrate Easter festivities at the mall, the Bunny Photo Experience welcomes kids to visit the Easter Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion. Event on Sunday, March 24 Additionally, King of Prussia will host a Caring Bunny™ event for families who have children with special needs by creating a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience and giving families a magical opportunity to make memories for children of...

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Recital Week: Falling, fake hair, tulle, tiaras and the glory of the dance

03/18/13

Recital Week: Falling, fake hair, tulle, tiaras and the glory of the dance

It is recital week. I never danced in recitals as a kid. My father tried to interest me in tap dancing; but all that tapping and noisy walking were a bit much for me. It was all so "Singing in the Rain" and I was more "Set Fire to the Rain," even back in the 80s and preferred to be writing a memoir about my dreams of a pet lion or drawing a mural dedicated to Nancy Drew; than tapping my feet in an organized fashion. No one told me about the costumes or the chance to be on stage. Or the potential for adult-sanctioned make-up. Perhaps then I would have tapped my little heart out for the glory of glitter and curls. Dance as therapy I started Lily in ballet and tap about nine months after she started walking — at the ripe old age of 4. Lily was still...

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Ribbon Wands

03/15/13

Ribbon Wands

Here's a fun craft for kids — and yet another use for toilet paper tubes!!  My daughter absolutely loves these ribbon wands! Simply punch several holes toward the top of one end of the tube, tie as many ribbons as you like, and decorate the tube however you please! I made personalized ribbon wands for all my nieces and nephews for Christmas — these make great gifts! Plus, it was a fun way for me to clear out bits of ribbon I had laying around in a box. I love to break these out on a rainy day to keep Anna busy for a bit. I put on the radio and show her how to wave the wands slowly for slow-paced songs and quickly for more upbeat numbers. I took this picture while she was listening to the salsa music channel on TV. As you can see, it was difficult to...

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Carpe diem zen, or not

03/13/13

Carpe diem zen, or not

Mom blogger Marion Kase was looking for zen when she rearranged her home's extra room. She didn't find it.

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Sibling differences

03/11/13

Sibling differences

Mom blogger Lisa Weinstein recalls how she felt when an aunt gave more attention to her sister. She should have known better.

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Momyland surprises

03/08/13

Momyland surprises

Mom blogger Darla DeMorrow notes that parenthood surprises us with things we never thought we'd care or worry about, like table manners and respect.

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Where to find organic grocery brand coupons

03/06/13

Where to find organic grocery brand coupons

Coupons can help you save on healthy and organic groceries. Mom blogger Paige Wolf lists her favorite organic grocery websites.

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Scouting is a family affair

03/04/13

Scouting is a family affair

Each Saturday my family dons the uniform of Boy and Girl Scouts and spends the day at White Rock Baptist Church. Any given day, there is some scout related activity in our home. In the fall it’s recruiting for our Cub pack, in the winter it’s selling Girl Scout cookies, in the summer it’s preparing for camping and traveling. Scouting wasn't always a way of life for my family. Originally my son was a Cub Scout because he needed something to do with all of his extra energy.  When I would visit the pack, I was struck by the young ladies who attended Girl Scouts. The girls had poise and impeccable manners. When my daughter began to go through her teenage angst, signing her up for Girl Scouts was a suggestion to get some structure into her life....

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20+ ideas for a candy-free Easter or Halloween

03/01/13

20+ ideas for a candy-free Easter or Halloween

Instead of Easter or Passover candy, here are ideas for fun, sugar-free or low-sugar treats for children suggested by mom blogger Jennifer Auer.

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About This Blog

Outstanding Delaware Valley mom bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

MomSpeak Contributors

Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Marion Kase, Helicopter-Caterpillar
Jean Ladden, Jean's Book Reviews
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
Toni Langdon, Tickles and Time Outs
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage
Jeanne McCullough, Mom Hearts Pinot
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

If you are a Philadelphia-area mom blogger and would like to contribute to MomSpeak, please e-mail editor@metrokids.com.

 

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