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7 Tips for Raising Kind, Compassionate, and Mindful Kids By Kerry Alison Wekelo

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

Both of my kids know by now that I expect them to get perfect marks on their school report cards. Well, at least on one particular section, that is: the “Life, Work, and Citizenship Skills” section. This wonderful section is all about their behavior, the actions they take in relation to themselves and others. For example, categories include: 1.) Takes responsibility for actions 2.) Demonstrates active listening skills 3.) Resolves conflict effectively 4.) Is a respectful and contributing participant in school and 5.) Demonstrates self-control.

Let The Children Play - Why Our Kids Need to Engage with Nature By Kerry Alison Wekelo

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

I grew up on a farm along the river in the Shenandoah Valley, where I spent countless hours in nature walking the vast fields, often making mud pies and daydreaming. One of my fondest memories is of a foal’s birth across the fence in our front yard. I recall the gentle hustle to reunite the damp, shaky foal with her mother. We didn’t want to interrupt this precious moment, yet we wanted to ensure that baby and mother peacefully found their way back together.

Confessions of a Real Mom By Jillian Perry Reese

by Jilliian Perry Reese

I watched the movie Bad Moms recently. Ironically, it was the same day I took my daughter to the doctor for an injured leg. The irony? I had made her wait a full week before I took her in. Turns out there was a fracture. Walking on it was making it worse. I made her play soccer. Yep, I'm "Mother of the Year."

jillian, mom, blogger, parenting guru


It's Hard Work

The thing is, I really didn't feel that bad. I mean, I felt bad her leg was hurt. But not that I made her wait. This mom stuff is hard work. Aside from the fact that you’re not given an instruction manual, medical school training is not required. Or a degree in psychology. Or cooking lessons, training in mediation or experience on a debate team. There's just so much to know. And sometimes, I just don't know it.

Good Enough By Jennifer Eckfield

by Jennifer Eckfield

I woke up, day number two like Frankenstein, unable to move, but today I needed to get it together! Today was the first official Women in Business meeting of the year and I wanted to look presentable.

I am one of those women that loves her "active wear"! I am not active in my active wear (you have to make time for yourself to work out), but boy do I love it.

How I Got My Kids to Start Choosing Broccoli By Kerry Alison Wekelo

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

I was a plump kid who had to bear the additional weight of comments like “Girls like you should not be eating any bread or rice” and “Good thing you are pretty and nice, so your weight will not get in the way of dating.” The “solution” to my weight issue was exercise and constantly restricted portion sizes, and it has taken me years (decades!) to build instead a healthy relationship to food.  

Board the Self Care Love Train by Kerry Wekelo

Board the Self Care Love Train

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

It has taken years for me to learn to allow myself to take time to care for and love myself. Our culture thrives on being busy, applauding those who are the busiest and don’t slow down for anything or anyone -- especially themselves. But I want my kids to know a different way, and to feel fully supported in their needs to maintain daily balance.

Fun Exercise to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

Fun Exercise to Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables
by Kerry Alison Wekelo

I created If It Does Not Grow – Just Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids for children of all ages to discover how much fun they can have with fruits and vegetables. As a mom, I want my kids to eat healthy foods, and I found myself getting frustrated when they just weren’t interested. That’s when I decided to try a fun-based approach, using enjoyable activities to encourage my kids to eat fruits and vegetables.

Happy Days

Triple Kiss by Al Wekelo

by Kerry Alison Wekelo

In our family, I celebrate the days the kids were born each month. For Audrey it’s her Happy 3rd Day and for Blaine his Happy 7th Day! This is a way to give each of my kids extra attention on their special day of birth every month.

5 Things Your Kids Should ‘Catch’ You Doing

5 Things Your Kids Should ‘Catch’ You Doing
by Karen Campbell McGinn

Striving to live a model life is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Just by the nature of being a parent, you are a leader. You automatically have followers, i.e. your kids, which you influence.