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connecting with deceased loved ones through dreams as seen on the doctors

Connecting with loved ones with dream incubation

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know that dream visitations are a precious occurrence. I have very vivid dreams of my dad and always have mixed emotions when I wake–a combination of disappointment that he’s not really there and a sort of elation that I was able to spend time with him.

A few weeks ago, I was asked by a producer of The Doctors TV show (the former producer of the Fox 5 morning show) to meet with a dream analyst, Cynthia Richmond, who helps people connect to their deceased loved ones via (more…)

moms discuss 5 am feedings and cindy crawford’s un-touched photo

Moms discuss Cindy Crawford on Fox 5

This week the Internet nearly broke because of an un-airbrushed photo of Cindy Crawford in a bra and panties. Stories about body image always get good traction and this one was no different. The photo resonated with a lot of people–it certainly did with me. Being a woman with many imperfections, it’s nice to see “supermodels” in all of their un-airbrushed glory.

Can we just place a national ban on airbrushing? No? Okay, just checking.

Anyway, we discussed the Cindy Crawford pic on Ask the Moms, along with how to prepare your kiddo for a doctor’s appointment and how to wean your little ones off of that dreaded 5AM feeding.

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parent teacher conferences, katy perry concerts and mean girls as seen on fox 5 san diego

Fox 5 Morning News Moms panel

Did you know that you should probably prepare for your child’s parent-teacher conference? And how old do you think kids should be before going to a Katy Perry (or any pop star) concert? Oh, and how do parents help their kids avoid cliques? All of these questions were discussed on our Fox 5 San Diego Ask the Moms panel today. (Also? I have quite a hair flip happening in thie video still below). Check out the video for the goods.

tips for separation anxiety, working moms and adjusting to baby as seen on fox 5 san diego

preschool separation and adjusting to new baby
Almost all parents have to deal with separation anxiety kids at one point or another. Today our Ask the Moms panel tackled that issue, as well as how to get quality time with your kids with a busy, working mom schedule and how to introduce a baby into a combined family. 

how to talk to your tweens about puberty


Last week my almost 8 year old daughter and her BFF had a debate over the words puberty and period. My daughter Lily had heard me talk about periods (as in, “sorry mommy’s grouchy, it’s my period week) and her friend had heard the word puberty on one of those darned Disney “people” shows. To set the record straight, they decided to ask her friend’s dad to explain “puberty and periods” which led to an awkward pause and then a pretty common reply of, “go ask your mother.”

Upon hearing this story, it occurred to me that, ding, ding, ding, it’s time to have the puberty talk with Lily.

Gulp!

I asked on my Facebook page how and when other moms broached this subject and came up with some great replies including using the American Girl Doll book called, The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, Revised Edition and also in-home seminars called, Healthy Chats, which sound more like a Saturday Night Live sketch than someplace I’d want to be with my daughter, but I’ve heard awesome things about them so I will most likely be trying them out.

Coincidentally, our Fox 5 Ask the Moms panel received a video question regarding talking to kids about (more…)

curing summer boredom and how to cope with overnight camps

This week’s Ask the Mom’s segment dealt with several summer-themed questions:

1) Should summer be all about fun or should parents throw in some academics too?

2) How to cope when kids go away to overnight summer camp.

3) What to do when your kids say, “I’m bored.”

This last topic is a big one because we’re a week into summer and I’d bet my Skimmies that every parent in America has heard the phrase “I’m bored,” at least once, if not 100 times so far.

Ironically, for 9 months out of the year, kids are over-scheduled and tapped-out, and now, with a little free time on their hands, they go nuts, expecting, us, the parents to keep them occupied every second of the day, which isn’t practical nor possible. To combat the boredom blues, here are a few tips:

tips for avoiding summer boredom

1) Post a list of things they can do BEFORE they can say that they’re bored.
2) Offer a reward if they can make it a day, week, the whole summer without saying “I’m bored.” (I do this for road trips if they can make it the whole way without saying “Are we there yet?”)
3) Raid the dollar aisles at Target, Michael’s or the local Dollar store with various crafts and put them in one bin so they can always go to the bin to get a craft.
4) Sign up for your local library’s reading program and have a bunch of free books lying around that they can read in their downtime. Give incentives for books read by the end of the summer.
5) Let them be bored. No one has died from boredom.

curing summer boredom with free time ideas

As you’ll see in the clip below, my fellow blogger, Bethany Kelly who sat in on our panel this week in Rachel’s absence, has some great ideas and including one genius idea via Danielle of Extraordinary Mommy who came up with a list of activities, similar to the one above, for every letter in the word BORED.

Check out the clip below for (more…)