KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

My kid will turn 51 in May, but he still says the darnedest things. "Why," he asked me, "When I was a kid didn't you tell me getting old was going to be such a bummer?" "Because we didn't know. We weren't old yet. What we also didn't tell you was that you were going … Continue reading KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

KINDNESS IS NEVER OBSOLETE – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I wrote a blog recently about Fred Rogers and his show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” I focused on how he helped generations of parents be better, more empathetic and connected with their children. Since then, I’ve read many articles about Mr. Rogers because of the newly released documentary about Fred Rogers and the movie starring Tom … Continue reading KINDNESS IS NEVER OBSOLETE – BY ELLIN CURLEY

PEDIATRIC RELIGION – Marilyn Armstrong

When my first husband and I were getting married, he was something vaguely Protestant, though no one in his family knew what. They never attended church and while they were wild about Christmas, it was a very non-Christian version of it. I'm not even sure they were Christian, but they weren't anything else, either. I … Continue reading PEDIATRIC RELIGION – Marilyn Armstrong

DEFIANCE OR DETERMINATION? – Marilyn Armstrong

So I found this question on Facebook and it brought back a deluge of memories. Hey moms, I'm in desperate need of help. I'm at my wit's end with my lovely little defiant child. I love him lots, but enough is enough. Every morning, my son wakes up at 3 in the morning and refuses … Continue reading DEFIANCE OR DETERMINATION? – Marilyn Armstrong

BOLD YET MAKESHIFT – Marilyn Armstrong

Bold yet Makeshift  -  Plans Go Awry! There on the rocky outcropping of the tiny island in the middle of the great waters, the two young ladies sat upon the shore. They had labored long and hard to create the great raft that would carry them to land. To civilization and a new world. "Are … Continue reading BOLD YET MAKESHIFT – Marilyn Armstrong

ARE WE THERE YET? SHORT FICTION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – Marilyn Armstrong

"Oh shut up. Can't you kids ever stop squabbling back there? I'm going to put both of you on a time out, I swear I am." "But MOM, he TOUCHED ME!" "Loretta, I am going to touch you and then you will have reason to cry. Joey, leave your sister alone." Voice of boy child with … Continue reading ARE WE THERE YET? SHORT FICTION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY – Marilyn Armstrong

LET THE CHILDREN PLAY – BY ELLIN CURLEY

The title of an article I read in the Washington Post on September 16, 2018, by Katherine Marsh, sets out its primary argument pretty clearly. “ We’ve so over-scheduled our kids that doctors are now prescribing playtime.” The article is subtitled “We idiotically insist that all of their activities be purposeful and structured.” To give … Continue reading LET THE CHILDREN PLAY – BY ELLIN CURLEY