Giant Pumpkin Makes For a Happy Halloween

Trunk -n- Treat
Trunk -n- Treat

It looks to be a beautiful day for Halloween in the Miami Valley. When I think about this day, it reminds me of some art I did for a Trunk-n-Treat event at my church. Every year, I would fret about how to decorate my trunk for the event. One day I thought how much easier it would be if I found a pumpkin large enough to fill the entire trunk.

I then considered the size of the candle and the potential fire hazard. I scrapped the idea. But what a sight that would have made!

Have a safe, time with your family this evening. And Happy All Saints Day!

How to tell if it’s time to update your wardrobe

Cartoon of a boy and an older man

Cartoon of a boy and an older man. The boy says, “I need a Halloween costume. Can I look through your closet?” Continue reading “How to tell if it’s time to update your wardrobe”

Searching for parenting cliches

I drew this before the Internet was a staple. It is so much easier to Google a good cliché now. A few that caught my eye were…

When I was a kid, I swore I would never use some of the clichés my parents used on me. That promise lasted until my first-born was old enough to talk. My favorite cliché became, “Someday, when you’re older, you’ll understand.” The problem with that one is I’m still waiting to be old enough to understand what’s going on. Who wants to admit that to your child? Not me!

Clichés are so useful because they deal with universal problems. They’re just too easy to use. What are some clichés you’ve caught yourself saying?

Life can be as messy as a stinky diaper

high tech diaper pailIn the early stages of parenting, a stinky diaper is the worst thing that can happen. As your kids get older, other stinky things occur.

  • You’re not quite sure if the friend your child is hanging with is a good influence.
  • You’ve overcommitted and now you and your spouse are supposed to be at four different events at the same time.
  • You’ve stretched the checking account so far you could make a lethal slingshot out of it.

Yes, life gets complicated and smelly. You change one set of problems for another. But take heart in knowing all these problems are temporary. Stinky diapers, full calendars and rubbery checkbooks eventually fade away.

Seven keys to tell if you’re pushing your kids too hard

Cartoon of someone stuck in a tree. A swing is moving. A guy below shouts, "Am I pushing too hard?"

There’s plenty of pressure when it comes to being the perfect parent. If you’re not having your kid involved in that sport, she’s missing out, right? What about the science fair? And then you must be sure every minute is filled with meaningful activities, right? How do you know when you’ve pushed your child too far?

  1. In kindergarten, your child has participated in enough sports to earn his letter jacket.
  2. When you watch a movie together, your child whines, “You won’t make me write a review about this, will you?
  3. Your Twitter followers complain they haven’t received a recent update about your soccer mom exploits.
  4. You look into getting your child a special license so she can drive herself to softball practice.
  5. Your kids refer to the playground as a basic training obstacle course.
  6. Your family sits  down for dinner and your child asks why everyone is eating at his study desk.
  7. Your child’s science fair project attracts the attention of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

There is a lot of pressure to measure up. There is even more pressure to make sure your child isn’t missing out on something. Parents, relax a little! You and the kids need some down time. If they’re involved in too many activities, kids will begin to think they can never measure up to expectations.

Kids need downtime in order to be kids. They’ll have to compete as adults soon enough. Let them have a little of their childhood back! It will give you a chance to exhale too.

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