20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

Today was one of those days as a parent that I had to improvise and come up with a new plan. Late last week I had to take away some of my oldest's privileges due to some missing grades.  I took away the typical things; television, video games, electronics, etc.  The only problem with these punishments is that I'm also punished because now I have to find a way to entertain him because he's bored.  I know I'm not alone, we've all been there with our kids at different stages in their lives.  My goal today was to find that balance so that I could get some of my weekend chores done and he would not be bored. In a moment of venting I posed the following question to some of my Facebook friends, "I need a list of creative punishments that don't punish the parent! Taking away TV, computer, etc just isn't cutting it! I'm the only one that suffers." By the time I had asked this, both kids were being punished.  Don't you love it how the one child in trouble finds a way to antagonize the ... [ Read More ]

Chronicles of the Absent Minded Mom – Episode 1

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I'll be the first to admit that I have my "blonde moments" and that I can be very absent minded. If I don't set alarms and reminders for myself, I would likely forget everything.  For instance, I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me when to leave to pick up the kids from school.  Please don't laugh, it's true! Do you notice anything different on Monday? I don't pick the kids up until later because they are involved in after school activities.  Well on Monday of this week I realized that my alarm didn't go off at its regular time, so I got in the car and drove to school.  I sat in car line just like every other day, but when I got to the front of the line my kids were nowhere to be found.  Anyone want to guess why? Because it was Monday and they were in clubs and I was 45 minutes early to pick them up!  Thank goodness the teachers know me well, they giggled at my mishap and said, "we'll see you in 45 minutes!"  Off I went to grab an iced coffee and return to school ... [ Read More ]

Surviving Parenthood…..one bag of hair at a time!

Surviving Parenthood one bag of hair at a time

Parenting is hard, yo! There are no owners manuals to raising kids.  Just when I thought I was starting to grasp this parenting thing, my daughter thought it would be fun to write a new story in her childhood. It was just an ordinary day; I had left the house to go pick the kids up after school, stop off at home for a few minutes to change clothes before heading off to Girl Scouts.  We have our routine conversations on the way home.  You know, "How was your day?" and all that jazz. I had just pulled out of the school parking lot when I asked that question today.  My son started by telling me about a project he was working on.  We made it about 1-2 miles down the road when my life was changed forever!! It started with my son.  I honestly can't remember what he said, but my daughter must have handed him the bag of hair.  He asked her a few questions before I realized what was going on and he handed me the bag of hair. It was at this time that I think all the breath left my ... [ Read More ]

Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents

Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents

...and when I say parents, I really mean you - mom! At 11 years old my son has only had about 3-4 sleepovers and they've all been at our house.  I'm starting to wonder if sleepovers are still a "thing" that kids do.  Regardless, this past weekend my son convinced me that he should invite 2 of his good friends over for a sleepover. It gets better... ...he also invited the 5 year old sister of one of the boys to have a sleepover with my 5 year old daughter (they go to school together also). That's right, my son convinced me that having 5 kids in my house this weekend was a good idea!  Did I mention that I decided to go buy a car on the same day as the sleepover?  With 2 kids? By myself?  Um, yeah.... After visiting 3 car dealerships with 2 bored kids and signing the papers to my brand new Jeep Cherokee, I rushed home to a messy house to welcome 3 additional kids over for the night.  I must have still been on my "new car" high because I welcomed these kids with a huge smile ... [ Read More ]

5 Reasons Skating Rinks Need Open Bars for Parents

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We are nearing the end of the second week of school and I just survived the first school skate night of the year....barely!  I am convinced that every skating rink needs to have an open bar for the parents and taxi's waiting outside to take them home afterwards. 5 Reasons Skating Rinks Should Have Open Bars for the Parents 1. Your kid doesn't know how to skate!  It's only been 2 months since she last practiced with her friend but she was terrified because of all the big kids on the rink.  She decided to cry instead. 2. Your child's friends skate better and faster than they do!  Her little BFF just wanted to skate and had no fear.  They both had their little PVC trainers (see here if you don't know what I'm talking about), but her friend was faster than her.  She decided to stop and cry instead of catch up with her friend. 3. Big brother is skating with his friends and not little sister!  Big brother is (finally) confident with his mediocre skating abilities and is off ... [ Read More ]

Best Summer Ever!

We started this summer with a plan, I even made an official Summer Bucket List with a few things each of us wanted to do this summer.  I was looking back over my Instagram account this afternoon with my youngest and I'm so excited about how much fun we had this summer.  I'm not writing this to brag or gloat over all the cool things we've done, but rather for me to look back over the best summer ever! It's really hard for me to believe that our 10 week summer is already coming to an end.  I've been a little emotional all day thinking about it.  This was the first summer that I didn't stick my kids in summer camp most of the summer while I worked.  I decided that, as much fun as they have at camp, I really wanted to be part of their summer too.  I have an amazing boss and a flexible job that allows me to sneak away from time-to-time to make memories with my family.  I've paid for that fun by staying up past midnight many nights completing projects, but it's been so worth ... [ Read More ]

Things To Do With Kids in Tampa

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As we start to check off things from our Summer Bucket List, my kids keep adding things to their list!  While I know we can't possibly do everything they bring up, that doesn't mean that you won't.  If you like in the Tampa Bay area or if you're traveling here this summer, there are a lot of fun things to do with kids of all ages. You can review our Summer Bucket List and see that we already have listed: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Busch Gardens Old McMickey's Farm Florida Aquarium Clearwater Marine Aquarium Weeki Wachee Springs Park play dates My kids have added to their wishlist Airheads Trampoline Arena and Passport to Imagination at Michael's craft stores.  We also have our annual trip to Ichetucknee Springs in July. I was sharing my ideas with a group of local bloggers and found out they have some pretty amazing ideas also.  Below is a round-up of fun things to do in Tampa with kids this summer. Tampa Bay Moms Blog: Keep it Cool at Tampa Bay's Best ... [ Read More ]

The Perfect Mother’s Day

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What would the perfect Mother's Day look like to you? Would it be a vase full of flowers?  Breakfast in bed?  A handmade gift from your child?  An hour to yourself without your kids clawing at your legs?  A day out with friends at the spa? Things have changed a lot over the past 11 years of being a mom and so has my "perfect Mother's Day!"  For me, a perfect Mother's Day would be one where I am unplugged from the online world and soaking up every moment I can with my family.  I don't care about the gifts or going out to eat, those aren't the things you remember very long.  I care about the memories that I can make with my kids. I started Mother's Day weekend a little early with a night out to the movies with some friends.  Tonight was the opening of the new movie, Mom's Night Out.  It's a movie about a young mom of three small kids who is "stress paralyzed!"  Yes, that's really a word...at least in the movie!  While I may not have the same life as the main character, Allyson ... [ Read More ]

A Mom’s Guide to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

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Did you know that today was Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day?  How does this affect you as a mom?  Perhaps you are a stay-at-home-mom or a single mom and don't have a traditional "job" to take your kids to.  There are still valuable lessons for your children to learn from spending a day with mom. The amazing thing about mom's are that we all have different jobs.  Some of us are stay-at-home-moms, some of us go to work in an office, some of us travel for work, some of us blog for work, some of us raise children for work, some of us are assistants in our spouses business, etc, etc, etc.  The point is, we all work and we all have jobs.  They just may look very different from one mom to the next.   Currently, my job consists of working from my home office as a social media and marketing coordinator for Kelly's Closet.  This is a full-time (40+ hrs a week) job and requires me to be online at all hours of the day.  While my regular working hours are 9-3pm, the work day ... [ Read More ]

Can your kids be friends?

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Do your kids fight? Do they argue over the silliest things? Do they drive you insane with their petty jealousy? Maybe it's time for a family vacation! My kids are almost 6 years apart in age so the sibling dynamics are much different than me and my brother. My brother and I are only 18mo apart and most people confused us as twins when we were little. My brother was my best friend growing up. That was before the age of computers, iPads and cell phones when we actually went outside and played with our neighborhood friends. We didn't always get along, I guess that's part of being siblings. I remember being downright mean to my brother; I'll spare you the details because I'm sure you have your own memories if you had a sibling. My kids are no different. They fight over who gets to sit next to me at dinner. They argue over who gets to pick the show on TV. They cry when the other gets "their" way! But when it really matters, they show their love for each other. While on our ... [ Read More ]