Dear Parents, It’s Not Our Fault!

My kids tell me all the time when I embarrass them. I’ve got news for them – while I love them with everything I’ve got, they’ve also found ways to embarrass me, too!With reflection, it’s not my fault, and I don’t blame my kids either. The times we live in now are much different than when the parents of today were kids themselves. Digital technology has taken over nearly every facet of our lives, for us and our kids. Lost in the shuffle is the development of social skills and manners. Yet, these capabilities are still just as important as ever (ask any college recruiter, employer or someone new to your neighborhood)!Maybe that’s what drove me to write The SMART Playbook. It took years of researching and drafting, but I did it. I’m not an expert, I’m just a Mom – that is a Mom with … [Read more...]

Top 10 Trick-or-Treat Rules for Kids (with Style and Safety!)

Here are our Top 10 Trick-or-Treat Rules for Kids (with Style and Safety!)It’s that time of year when kids get super excited to wear their costume and quickly begin bouncing off the walls. To keep your little trick-or-treaters safe and polite, we’ve put together some simple rules to review with your children.Obey the Halloween code. This means only go to houses that are well lit and look like a Halloween friendly home. Try not to disturb anyone after 8 or 9 pm. And never go to a dark house – the code for any more trick-or-treating!Respect personal property. Use the right path to the house and don’t jump through bushes and landscape to get to the door.Only knock or ring the doorbell once. If no one comes to the door move on. They may be in a sticky situation and … [Read more...]