It’s NOT about the violin.

// What a breakthrough!  Annika has been taking violin since October.  Until yesterday she had only done  many different finger and muscle strengthening exercises. To be honest it’s been a struggle.  I got mad at her after last week’s class and came close to quitting classes all together.  I know I sound like a tiger … Continue reading It’s NOT about the violin.

Lessons in Parenthood

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had some of the roughest weeks with P lately.  Everything is a power struggle.  Dinner time in particular has been horrific.  She doesn’t want to eat. She doesn’t want to use utensils.  But, put a piece of cake in front of her and she can eat like an aristocrat with … Continue reading Lessons in Parenthood


I don’t know why my life feels so busy lately. At night, when I usually write I’m exhausted. I’ve been sleeping more…. like 10-12 hrs a night. One reason could be because P has been a handful.  Terrible twos are nothing compared to the attitude 3 brings.  Her defiance is shocking.  I know she’s teething … Continue reading Defiance

Too Much Praise?

Part of our pre-school transition program includes parenting discussions.  We reached a topic that I’m having a real hard time with: giving children too much praise.  We all read an article called “Five Reasons to Stop Saying”Good Job!” ” by Alfie Kohn. I understand the concept behind the theory but I’ve been having a hard … Continue reading Too Much Praise?


As I mentioned, I’ve had a few rough days with P.  A couple days ago she didn’t want to pick up her toys. After asking several times and in many different ways I finally said “ok, no more toys”.  I picked up everything from her play table and put it away in boxes and bags. … Continue reading Consequences


Discipline seems to be a four letter word to people of our generation. I think it conjours up memories of how our parents disciplined us; spanking, yelling and making us feel lousy all around. There is a backlash happening where no discipline seems to be the alternative choice. Parents are afraid of making their child … Continue reading Discipline