2018-10-26T01:20:46+00:00November 1st, 2018|Parenting|

by Randi Rubenstein Adapted from randirubenstein.com We want our kids to appreciate all we do for them. We want them to grow up feeling grateful for all the opportunities they have been given. Like getting a great education and living in a nice house. We not only meet their basic needs, we exceed their expectations on the daily. You are a parent that over-delivers in pretty much every way when it comes to your kiddos. You prioritize your role as mom or dad above all else in your life. Your end game involves raising good people. You want your kids to [...]

Magical Halloween Memories

2018-09-30T20:00:14+00:00September 30th, 2018|Parenting|

By: Randi Rubenstein It was November 1st, 2017. I’m driving my sixth-grade son, Cory, home from school and he says, “Halloween really sucked this year.” Immediately my brain started swirling. I felt my body temperature rise and my heart began racing ever so slightly. This is what happens when you find yourself in a triggered moment. What happens next is usually words, actions and behaviors that you don’t really want to do or say, but nonetheless, you find yourself in The Parent Gap. The Parent Gap is the name of the book I wrote and the term I use to explain [...]

Back to School

2018-08-30T21:39:13+00:00September 1st, 2018|Parenting|

By Randi Rubenstein Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with back-to-school season. Like you, summer has always been my busiest mama time due to the wide-open days without school. I’m on summer number 20 as a mom. That’s right. Two. Zero. And at this point, I’ve got a pretty good handle on summer structure combined with summer chill time. I’ve learned that it’s truly a balancing act. Unfortunately, it took many summers to figure out the ratio that works best for me and my family. There were many summers early on when I over-ambitiously UNDER-planned. I had this dream of care-free [...]

How Time Outside will Help Increase Learning

2018-08-30T23:01:39+00:00September 1st, 2018|Fitness, Health, Parenting|

By Virginia Yurich People say that nothing beats a Michigan summer, but it is also true that nothing beats a Michigan fall. As beach time and camping slip into hoodies and apple orchards, we physically feel the change of the seasons in Michigan. With the purchase of new backpacks and colored pencils, there is anticipation for change and new experiences. The start of a school year is such an exciting time that we can easily forget that there are many things that contribute to learning beyond pen and pencil. There is more and more research confirming that the brain and the body are intricately related, and that movement can actually increase the capacity of the brain. As we slide into the routines [...]

Bring Order to Your Home by Letting Go of Perfection

2018-07-23T20:19:05+00:00August 1st, 2018|Parenting|

By: Randi Rubenstein Q: “I was total scary mommy this morning. I had a fit about Henry getting chocolate breakfast bar on the couch. Like a total Mommy Meltdown! I know I’m focused on the wrong thing. I’m choosing neatness over what’s really important...people. I feel super guilty after these meltdowns. How do I realistically maintain order and also begin letting some things go?” A: There is a sweet spot for moms when it comes to taking pride in your home without driving your family crazy. The need to maintain order and cleanliness in our homes is frequently the catalyst for many [...]

Is it Time for a Parenting Make-over

2018-06-27T17:24:40+00:00July 1st, 2018|Parenting|

By Randi Rubenstein  Similar to the calendar, we humans cycle through different seasons in our lives. Our revolving seasons are a time of transition and change. We often look forward to the new season only to find that once it’s upon us, the fantasy we envisioned doesn’t quite match the reality of all that’s involved. For example, the sunshine and lazy days of summer also come with mosquitos and excessive heat — well, that’s the case in Houston anyway. And even though the winter might involve skiing and snowmen, it can also be dreary, gray, and depressing. Point being, with each new season there are both positives [...]

5 Tips to Make the Most of Outside Summer Time

2018-06-05T18:31:56+00:00June 1st, 2018|Ann Arbor Interest, Inspirational, Parenting|

By Ginny Yurich  Outside provides multi-faceted physical, social, mental, emotional, relational, and developmental benefits. In our busy world with all sorts of development-enhancing activities available for kids, it’s often easy to forget that one of the cheapest and easiest ways to help our children grow is simply to let them be outside. At 1000 Hours Outside, we are intentional about scheduling outside time into our week just as we would schedule in other activities. In a typical summer week, we try and schedule at least three extended days of outside play and then aim to get the family outside for some shorter chunks [...]

Kids Are More Alive Outside

2018-06-01T14:11:28+00:00June 1st, 2018|Parenting|

by Randi Rubenstein  This spring, we went on a family ski vacation in Colorado, where the days were sunny, the snow was fluffy, and the smell of marijuana was plentiful. Oh Colorado — why have you made being the parent of a teenager even harder? And more importantly, why didn’t you pass this law thirty years ago? I’m sort of just kidding.  In our regular life, my family lives in the concrete jungle of Houston Texas. Houston earned the title of the fattest city in America title a few years back. Impressive, right?  No, Houston doesn’t have a multimillion-dollar ad campaign (that I know of) attracting the couch potatoes of the world. It can be difficult to be active in [...]

The Simple Pleasures Make All The Difference

2018-06-01T14:10:39+00:00June 1st, 2018|Home, Inspirational, Parenting|

by Alycia M. Huston | Leadership Accelerator  There was a time where you couldn't even pay me to come inside of the house. I was born in the ‘70s and playing outside was absolutely the norm. From playing tag, to hide-and-seek, to climbing up trees and throwing little tree fruits at the cars passing by (of course, our parents did not know that part). I learned how to light campfires, tell ghost stories, appreciate bugs, and so much more. I even remember co-founding a clubhouse where we received weekly dues; those dues allowed us to ride our bikes to the local candy shop or get ice cream during the hot summers. [...]

Dinnertime Drama

2018-04-27T19:09:28+00:00May 1st, 2018|Parenting|

by Randi Rubenstein “Dinnertime with my 3-year-old is a nightmare. She complains about EVERYTHING. She thinks I’m a short-order cook. I make her what she asks for, then she won’t even take a bite and places her “order” for something different. I am fed up and frustrated. How can I get her to stop acting like a dictator so we can have a peaceful dinner as a family?”  Dear Hardworking Mama,  I hear many stories just like yours, so please know you are not alone. I can tell you will go to great lengths to feed and nourish your little people.    Unfortunately, contrary to [...]

Can I Sell You Something Green?

2018-04-02T13:06:22+00:00April 1st, 2018|Health, Parenting|

by Randi Rubenstein “Kids learn from our example, not our advice.” Years ago, when I was a student of the program Conscious Discipline, the central theme as I understood it was: “Adults must walk the walk first before we have any business talking the talk to our kids.” In other words, practice what you preach, because kids learn by the behavior their parents model rather than the words we use to lecture them. This is also relevant in terms of living a healthy life involving green habits. Green habits are exactly what you are probably thinking — replacement habits involving something greener. Healthier. [...]

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby…

2018-03-27T19:40:38+00:00March 8th, 2018|Parenting, Relationships|

by Randi Rubenstein Seventeen years ago I turned to my husband and declared, “We are either hiring a marriage counselor or taking a parenting class.” My sweet husband of four years looked at me like I was crazy at the time. Now I think even he would admit that it was one of the defining moments of our life together.    To back up a sec: you see, our lives had been on autopilot, and I’m not really an autopilot sort of gal. We dated for two years, and then he popped the big question. Typically, the next traditional step would have been engagement and then a joyous wedding a year [...]

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