Throughout my Catholic elementary school years, when placed in size order, I typically landed in the middle or towards the back of the line. Each year, I saw my place in line move further and further away from the back. By eighth grade, I had firmly secured my spot near the front of the line. Continue reading
Recently my daughter’s religion teacher pulled me aside after Mass. She told me about an incident that occurred in class in which she was especially impressed by my daughter’s actions. Of course, my proud mama antenna went up and I was all ears. Continue reading
Purposeful Parenting Tip: Learn who your parents are while they are still here.
Today is September 6. My mom would’ve turned 89 today. I miss my mom. I miss our Friday night phone calls. I miss her fried chicken. I miss her saying “Oh my Lord!” when she was surprised by something. I miss her hugs. Continue reading
Purposeful Parenting Tip: You’re not supposed to be a cool parent, but a good one.
Recently, I saw a commercial for Capri Sun juices where two moms are on a bus full of kids debating who the cooler mom is. (See commercial here). They each point out the various things that make the other a cool mom, and of course, one outshines the other with each accomplishment. Continue reading
Purposeful Parenting Tip: Know who you are so your children will know who they are.
Growing up, I did not like my name. No one had the name “Jennifer”. In fact, I was the only “Jennifer” throughout my entire school career until I became a senior in high school. To add insult to injury, my last name was no picnic either. “Lamendola”. Yeesh! Continue reading
Purposeful Parenting Tip: Eliminate the Non-essential Tasks and Live Life!
One of my New Year’s promises was to redecorate my home. I said goodbye to the bold hues of red, gold, and green that colored the first floor of my home for nearly seven years and welcomed the more calming and modern colors of beige, blue, and brown. Continue reading