• Parenting

    Let the Gaming Begin!!

    Three years ago, my children received a Playstation for Christmas. The gift was from both my husband and me, but my husband was definitely the one pushing this purchase, as he was eager to share his love of gaming with our kids. I, on the other hand, had never really been extremely passionate about gaming. I remember playing Pac Man on Atari with my dad as a kid, but that was the extent of my gaming experiences. I never have been very technologically savvy. Even now, I tend to shy away from techie things. When our children received their gift, they were the first of their friends to start gaming…

  • Parenting

    Mind your children’s manners

    As a parent to five children…yes…FIVE,  I’m constantly reminding them to mind their manners.  A day doesn’t go by without me uttering several if not more of the following phrases… “What’s the magic word?” “Please, say good morning to Mr./Mrs. so-and-so.” “Did you say thank you?”… The list goes on and on… However, I’m beginning to think that I’m part of a dying breed of parents.  Is raising children with good manners something that society just simply doesn’t value anymore?  Well, I’m not quite convinced because I often receive compliments from people concerning my children’s manners.   Are my children’s manners at finishing school levels?  No, but they’re good enough to…