Mommyhood

Empowering Teenagers to Fend for Themselves

Empowering Teenagers to Fend for Themselves

With most of my kids in the teen years right now, I look back at where we started and what helped them to grow into the great young adults they are now. My kids are far from perfect, I want to acknowledge that right up-front. I won’t go into detail, but kids will be kids … Continued

Comments Off on A New Attempt at the Holidays

A New Attempt at the Holidays

A New Attempt at the Holidays

The holidays can get expensive, especially when you have a large family like ours. I think we’ve been pretty good about not spending too much on our kids and focusing on memories rather than things. Instead of Jeff and I buying gifts for the kids and one another, we took the whole family to Cancun … Continued

Comments Off on Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

This year, the holiday season is just a little bit sweeter than all the rest. After several months of Jack being away for college, the whole family is under one roof again. This isn’t the first time he’s come home, but it’s a much longer stay than he had during Thanksgiving. And for that I’m … Continued

Comments Off on How to Give Back All Year

How to Give Back All Year

How to Give Back All Year

‘Tis the season for giving back. Every holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Years, it seems like everyone is looking for places to volunteer and ways to give back to others. I’m all for giving back, but it shouldn’t be something we only do this time of year. Giving year-round will make the most impact … Continued

Comments Off on Making Memories – One Kid at a Time

Making Memories – One Kid at a Time

Making Memories – One Kid at a Time

With the kids getting older, Jack moving away and the other kids having their own activities and schedules, family vacations are looking a bit different. This year for fall break, Jack was away and Lucy was on a cruise with a good friend and her family. So Jeff and I packed ourselves up and brought … Continued

Comments Off on Changes in the Ratterman House

Changes in the Ratterman House

Changes in the Ratterman House

Jack officially flew the coop a few weeks ago, moving into his dorm at Northwestern. The whole process has been a whirlwind, so much so that I haven’t had much time to stop and get sad about it. (Okay, maybe a little!) The truth is, while this is a new chapter for him, me and … Continued

, Comments Off on Surviving a Month of Travel

Surviving a Month of Travel

Surviving a Month of Travel

This summer has been a whirlwind of travel for my family–for work, for fun and for reconnecting. I’m amazed that we were able to keep it together and that everyone got to where they needed, when they needed to be there. Thank goodness for the TripIt app! To kick it all off, our family (including … Continued

Comments Off on Senioritis Setting In

Senioritis Setting In

Senioritis Setting In

If you have a graduating senior this year like me, you know well about senioritis. Most graduating seniors have suffered from it for at least the last few months and us parents are suffering too! senioritis – noun – a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by … Continued

Comments Off on How Empty Nesters Can Find Their Purpose

How Empty Nesters Can Find Their Purpose

How Empty Nesters Can Find Their Purpose

If you’re in my age bracket (the over-45 crowd), you see the writing on the wall. Your kids are getting older and you know it’s only a matter of time before the kids leave the house. This is an exciting time because you’re not as tied to home as you used to be and often … Continued

, , , Comments Off on How to Raise Kids With Values

How to Raise Kids With Values

How to Raise Kids With Values

Raising kids is a full-time job. Often there are tears (both yours and your children’s). It’s expensive, stressful and sometimes thankless. But it’s also the most rewarding and important job in the world. And also one of the most difficult. Let’s get through this together! I have a friend whose child has been making poor … Continued