Valentines Day Heart Lacing Cards

Valentine’s Day Lacing Hearts* – From our favorite Craft Blogger, Jolene Timm Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday for little kids.  It teaches them about kindness, love, and affection for family and friends.  Not to mention the crafts for this holiday are so stinkin’ cute! Before we get to the craft though, let me share…

One Moment in Front of the Next

A new year. A new start. Resolutions to eat less, run more, work harder. This is a repeating cycle in my life, and this is the first year I did not make any list of Resolutions. I am also not setting any new intentions today or revisiting the inevitably failed list of 2014’s Resolutions.  Not…

Glittery Snowflake Craft

New Rocky Parenting writer, Jolene Timm shares a simple idea for a holiday craft with kids today!   I love the holiday season for so many reasons.  But one of my favorite parts about this time of the year is making fun crafts to fill our house with holiday cheer.  Now that I have a…

It’s Real Life, and It’s Rocky

I’m a fantastic mom on Facebook. I repost articles with parenting tips I’m trying, share hilarious quotes from my kids, and post pictures of the hands-on projects we complete. I’m always smiling, patient, energetic, and very Martha Stewart. Then, after reading this Scary Mommy post that went viral last month, I realized that I’m not…

Blessing

Originally posted on Rocky Parenting:
All growing up, my family said a blessing at the dinner table each night.  “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food…” it began.  I can recite it in my sleep, and have memories of thousands of dinners holding hands with my parents and sister,…

Blending a Family

November is National Adoption Month, a topic I’ve definitely been pretty aware of for 12 years now.  Blended families are becoming a new kind of norm, with grandparents taking on guardianship or adopting their grandchildren, families living together and changing dynamics of communities.  With so many kinds of blended and extended families today, it is…

Guest Blog: Being Shaun and Daya’s Mom

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone has said to me, “You look familiar, but I can’t quite place you.” I always answer this with, “I’m Shaun and Daya’s mom,” and that usually clears it right up. Yes, my kids are noticeable, they stand out in a crowd, and many more people…

Shining Light in a Dark Room

This week is National Suicide Awareness week, and with Robin Williams’ death having sparked more than a few national discussions, many people who may not otherwise be discussing suicide or mental illness are doing so bravely, publicly, and importantly. Suicide is not something we think will ever touch our lives.  We are good parents to…

Letting Him Go

Almost three years ago, I wrote this post on my personal blog. Today was N’s first day of kindergarten, and somehow it was harder for me than it was taking him to preschool that first day. This child, who is so ready to go into the world yet still so connected to his home, walked…

We All Keep Shoveling

“Do you ever forget about K’s apraxia, and then suddenly remember it?” I asked my husband.  “All the time,” he said.  We were standing in the kitchen, watching K dance around to a little ditty that was playing in his head.  On the way home from the store that day, K had said something was…

The Boring Mommy Blues

We all have those days when we suck at being moms.  When we’re tired or sick or hurting or just otherwise checked out a little for whatever reason.  At least, I hope we do, and I’m not the only one who’s spent a day saying “no” to playing with my kids.  Who’s asked them to…