MR. ROGERS AS PARENTING GURU – BY ELLIN CURLEY

My mother was a psychologist who originally specialized in child psychology. Throughout life, I had a personal role model for parenting through the way she treated me and from what she actually taught me about relating to children. Her philosophy was to respect your child as an individual but understand how he or she thinks … Continue reading MR. ROGERS AS PARENTING GURU – BY ELLIN CURLEY

TO CAMP OR NOT TO CAMP – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Camp I always wanted to go camping. All my friends went camping. My brother and sister went camping. I so envied them. I stayed home. My mother felt camp was where you sent a child that needed "the experience" of "being away" from home (like my clingy sister), or who had a … Continue reading TO CAMP OR NOT TO CAMP – Marilyn Armstrong

YEARS OF BRASS, YEARS OF GOLD – Marilyn Armstrong

I’m not one of those people who romanticizes the "old days," but there are some truths worth remembering and revisiting. I grew up in a different world. Play meant imagination. Physical activity. Jump rope, hide and seek, tag, Stickball because no one owned a real bat. Stoop ball, jacks. Building a “fort” or climbing a … Continue reading YEARS OF BRASS, YEARS OF GOLD – Marilyn Armstrong

SWINGING THE PICK – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Pick The summer of my 13th year, my girlfriends and I discovered that there had once been a swimming pool in the front yard of a neighbors' house. We immediately decided to clear it out and make it into a swimming pool again. We collected whatever digging implements we could find and … Continue reading SWINGING THE PICK – Marilyn Armstrong

ADULTING 101 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I read a fascinating article from Today, on Facebook. It was written by Meghan Holohan on March 29, 2019, and is titled “ ‘Adulting’ Class at Kentucky high school teaches crucial life skills.” What a great concept! I’ve always thought high schools and colleges should offer life skills classes so kids aren’t left totally unprepared … Continue reading ADULTING 101 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

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