We are Talking ParentingBecause no one gives you a parenting manual.
We are talking parenting on Digital Mom Blog. You would think that there would be some type of training to become a parent. Nope. No manual, how how-to, no support line… well that’s what mom blogs are for, right? Kind of. Anyways, I share my real parenting experiences here.
I have 4 kids. I started Digital Mom Blog when my littlest, well he wasn’t even more. I have had 2 kids while writing here, so I’m talking parenting for kids ages birth to teen. Don’t age my teen, after teen is adult and I AM SO NOT PREPARED to write about parenting an adult child.
Anywho – on to the parenting talk….
I have a lot to say about PARENTING. I’m a mom of 4 kids. 1 girl, 3 boys – ranging in age from 6 to 14-years-old. We’ve done pregnancy, infant, baby, toddler, kid, pre-teen and now teen, Lord help us!
Somehow we are surviving, honestly most days I don’t know how we do it – but it happens.
In the early days of being a mom, one thing became very apparent. There are parenting styles and tricks that work for some parents and not others.
It’s kind of like having a kid. Each kid is different and requires different responses and disciplines. I believe that same philosophy applies to families and parenting. All that said, a huge help for me as a parent has been hearing how other parents handle certain situations. Especially in the digital world that we live in, there is so much unknown and the wisdom we can gain from one another is priceless.
Here we share stories, tips and ideas for various parenting situations that my husband and I have come across. We hope that you find these of value. We are all in this together!
Who else is in the midst of creating a morning routine for school kids? Creating a Morning Routine for School It’s back. Back to school is HERE and the mornings are EARLY. I don’t know about you, but no matter how many kids you are juggling –...read more
Back to school anxiety is real. Let’s talk nerves and how we can help our kids. We are doing all BACK TO SCHOOL things imaginable this week before we our first day, next week. The kids’ bed times have slowly been regressing to around 9, the typical...read more
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PRINTABLE SIGNS – UPDATED FOR 2018! If you are looking for first day of school signs, here you go! We’ve done these the last few years, this year I just updated this page – all signs say 2018, plus daycare added in! So...read more
Over the years, I’ve written quite a bit about screen time and limits with kids on various devices.. Times change, kids grow and technology evolves. Here is how we are handling teens and technology limits in 2018. Teens and Technology Limits We have 4...read more
Learn how to make sparklers safe! Are you worried about letting your kids safely use sparklers? My husband is a big fan of DIY fireworks. Okay, so he doesn’t necessarily make the fireworks himself – but he does love to put on his own firework...read more
We have been living in a hotel for 137 nights when asked if we would like to do a Dinnerly review. Knowing that we were headed home soon, I asked if they could delay my delivery a week. The day we moved in, our Dinnerly box was awaiting us and perfect timing. So...read more
We were invited to enjoy a Dallas staycation at the Hilton Anatole to review the Jade Waters pool complex and resort amenities. All thoughts and opinions are mine. Hilton Anatole and Jade Waters Review Have you ever wanted a break from it all, but you couldn’t...read more
In order to keep you up-to-date with the best toddler alarm clocks, we update this post regularly. Here are our 2018 favorite clocks for kids! Best Toddler Alarm Clocks We have 4 kids. Somehow we managed to survive the toddler years! The first 2 kids, we did not use...read more
Looking for DIY Christmas Ornaments you can make with your kids? Look no further! Get ready to get glittery! Next week all 4 kids will be home. If everything works out as planned, I’ll have the majority of the week off and we can get crafting. We have had our...read more
This post about how to teach money management to teens is brought to you by Current. All opinions are my own. It happened. That sweet little baby girl that I gave birth to, what feels like just a few years ago is now actually a 14-years-old freshman in high school....read more
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Hyundai Hope on Wheels “Celebration of Life” dinner in Dallas. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a non-profit organization devoted to funding pediatric cancer research. Pediatric Cancer Research The dinner...read more
Our friends at Pley recently sent us the latest Pley Disney Princess subscription box. If you have a Disney Princess fan in your house, this would make an awesome gift. Disney Princess Subscription Box Delivered To Your Door! I found this photo of my...read more
It happened. Our overscheduled kids have sucked the life out of us. What sucks more, we can’t say no. Let’s talk about crazy schedules for kids and what to do when you just can’t say no. Overscheduling the Kids As a mom to 4 kids, I have many...read more
Ataribox – sound familiar? Yes, the old school Atari is making a comeback. Our kids could soon be bugging us to buy them an Atari – but don’t worry, this isn’t the Atari of the 80’s! Launching this Fall on Indiegogo, the Ataribox is...read more
11 years of being a mom has taught me many lessons. There have been many FAILS. There’s been a few wins. Out of all of the things that I’ve learned, 10 truths about motherhood ring true. I could tell you things like your house will never be clean or that...read more
Back to school technology products – the school year is about to start, we’re sharing the top tech products to add to your school list. Can you believe the new school year is already here? Doesn’t it feel like school just let out? Nope, summer...read more
Ticonderoga Pencils – are these on your school supply lists as well? Honest question. WHY Ticonderoga pencils? Do these hold some magical power? Seriously, would love to know why schools prefer these than other brands! Why Ticonderoga Pencils There seems to...read more
Talking puberty with tween boys. Mamas and papas, you know you can’t wait to read this one. For some reason there is a lot of information about talking to puberty in girls but not puberty in boys. Let’s change that. Moms and dads, we need to be talking to...read more
Fingerlings – what in the world is a FINGERLING? Let us introduce you. Our friends at WowWee emailed us a few weeks back saying they had the hot new toy for 2017 and wanted to send us one to see what we thought of it. So, here is what we thought – more...read more
Apple Camp 2017 is in the books. We all want our sanity during the summer months and between child care, camps and what have you – things can get pricey quick. Thankfully one week of the summer we were able to enjoy a FREE activity for our son. If you are an...read more
Cell phone etiquette for kids is a thing. It may seem silly, but before we give our kids a cell phone, we must teach them how to use it properly. Many years ago, we gave our daughter a cheap cell phone. She was YOUNG, but the phone was cheap and the service was...read more
Baby registry must haves – I remember the headache I had walking thru the aisles with my Target scanner trying to figure out what the hell I was suppose to need for a baby. Let’s face it. Registering for your baby registry quite possibly can induce a panic...read more
Teens and social media – those words scare me. Why? Because I am now a parent to a teen and as someone who spends A LOT of time on social media, I know what type of trouble they can get themselves into online. Teens and Social Media While we did let our...read more
Technology tickets and screen time. Let’s discuss. Recently I attended the Activision Games for Girls Summit and a topic several of the moms were discussing was in regards to whether or not to limit your child’s screen time. Screen Time and the Kids In our...read more
Teen sexting is something you hear about time and time again. Photos leak of nude teens, lives and reputations are ruined. (Note: you don’t have to be a teen for photos to leak, hello iCloud hack!) Updated 4/25/17: With the new 13 Reasons Why Netflix series...read more
Fidget cubes are all the rage from elementary to high school. What are these things, why do kids love them, why do parents like them and why do teachers HATE them? Let’s break it down with this week’s Friday Fave – Gadget of the Week. ...read more
I don’t know about you, but every year I am looking for an easy DIY teacher appreciation gift. Each year, when Teacher Appreciation Week rolls around – I am like a deer in headlights. This year, I went into it with a plan – and amazingly it...read more
13 Reasons Why is a new teen drama Netflix series. It’s all the buzz in the parenting and teen space. Since Netflixing ranks right up next to texting and Instagramming in my teens world, I wanted to be in the know about this series. Our daughter is a mature...read more
Texas bluebonnet photos with the family is a nearly annual event. I force the entire family out the door, somewhat dressed to capture photos of the kids together. In case you aren’t from Texas, family bluebonnet photos are a thing. Yes, you will see crazy...read more
Toddler Haircuts – those words make my brain itch (yes, that’s possible – because I said so). Both of our toddlers are in need of a haircut. This will be Zeke’s first haircut. Izaiah’s hair is looking shaggy in a not cute way, so looks...read more
IS ROBLOX SAFE? There’s several articles swirling the internet explaining the dangers of the popular children’s game Roblox. I totally get it. Parent’s Guide to Roblox is one of our popular posts. People want to know what their kids are playing...read more
In 2011, I created a Year in Review Printable that was downloaded thousands of times. It’s 2016, let’s update this free Year in Review printable and give it an update with a FAVES twist. 2016 Year in Review Printable This New Year’s...read more
It’s Computer Science Education Week and tens of millions of students in 180+ countries are being introduced to computer science and computer programming through a program called Hour of Code. What is the Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a global...read more
Kids laundry hack, because I suck at laundry. No really. I just can’t wrap my head around folding laundry. It’s too mundane for me to do. My kids are no help. My husband is awesome at so many things, he like me – nope, can’t do laundry either....read more
No Screens Sunday – our family is all about technology. The older kids have iPhones, the younger kids have tablets. We all have computers. There’s the gaming consoles and the tvs. Our lives are inundated with screens, but I am hoping to change that...read more