An Experienced Dad’s Thoughts on Discipline

My friend Mike is back and he’s wading into some controversial waters and taking on how to discipline your children. It’s a hot button topic right now but Mike’s not scared to talk about it – and that’s what makes him unique. Well, that and his sense of humor.

As always, you’re gonna chuckle, but you also might learn something from this experienced dad whose children are all grown now – and turned out fabulously, if he does say so himself. I also happen to know his wife, and I imagine she had a lot to do with this. In fact, make sure you read all the way to the end to see why she’s always been his trump card.
An experienced dad's thoughts on child discipline - what works, what doesn't and what never to do
With no further adieu, here is the latest in the What He Said by Mike series. We want to hear your (respectful) thoughts and opinions so be sure to weigh in. [Read more...]

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17 Facts about Johnny Appleseed

In honor of Johnny Appleseed‘s upcoming birthday, here is a really funny (and possibly informative) list of facts my son taught me last year when he came home from a day at kindergarten. Tell me, which fact stands out in your mind?

Apparently, September 26 is Johnny Appleseed’s birthday.  I wouldn’t know that if it weren’t for my kindergartner because, although I’ve seen a lot of obscure occasions marked on calendars, that’s one that doesn’t quite make the cut.

In fact, I know almost nothing about the man except that he supposedly scattered apple seeds all over the continent.  And he played a pipe and children followed him around.  Or maybe I’m confusing that with a scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Cut to this evening when I asked Asher what he learned about in school today.  My usually reticent kindergartner began to spew forth information about Johnny Appleseed.  And I have to say, I thought his recall was pretty terrific considering he’d also never heard of the man before today.

Then again, there’s a distinct possibility he confused a few of the facts.  I’ll let you decide.

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1.  Johnny Appleseed wore a pot hat. [Read more...]

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Why You Should Go To The Movies Alone

Well into my adulthood, I’d never once been to the movies alone – nor even out to dinner by myself.  I thought it would be weird and that I’d feel creepy, lonely and maybe the worst – that people would think I was a friendless loser.

But last night, I went to see Boyhood (by Richard Linklater) all by myself (while my husband watched the kids) and it reminded me what a joy it is to go to the movies all alone.

I discovered this when I got married and moved far away to a town where I knew no one.  I really had no choice but to stay home by myself all the time or go out and do things alone (hubs was very busy).  Eventually getting out of the house won out.  And I discovered how awesome it is to stretch yourself by doing something you’re scared of.  I’ve taken this philosophy to much scarier places (zip lining even though I’m TERRIFIED of heights) now but seeing movies alone is a good start.

Why you should go to the movies alone - toulouse and tonicHere are some advantages to seeing a movie by yourself. [Read more...]

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PIWTPITT’s New Book – Good Enough To Eat

Nevermind that there’s a cupcake on the cover.  Jen of People I Want To Punch in the Throat’s new book is so good, I just want to eat it.

People I Want To Punch in the Throat's new book is good enough to eat - Toulouse & TonicEveryone needs one of those friends who says exactly what everyone else is thinking but won’t say.  I’m often that person in my circles (and yes, sometimes it’s fun to just shock people a bit) but imagine if there was a super circle of people who’ll say what everyone is thinking but won’t say out loud – then Jen would be THAT super circle’s person who’ll take it further than everyone else.  And you’ll love her for it. [Read more...]

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