Curb the Summer Boredom

I joined the hosts of Fox6’s Real Milwaukee this morning to talk about adding a bit of flexible structure to the lazy days of summer. The producers have not linked to the resources I mentioned yet, so I wanted to publish a quick post to so you have what you need at your fingertips!

Click here to view the segment.

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Here are the links that will help you get started creating your own summer sanity saver (aka: Summer Binder):


Big Boys Need Mommas Too

Big Boys Need Mommas Too @ blog.jaxinthebox.comI always knew this day would come; I just didn’t think it would come so soon. Gone are the days when my eldest son (who is one minute older than his twin brother) holds my hand while walking down the sidewalk or allows me to kiss him on the lips at bedtime. Now when my hand brushes against his in an invitation to grab on, he pulls away and gives me a “Really, Mom?” look. My night time kisses are greeted with a quick turn of the head so my lips bypass his and land on his cheek. He’s nine. (more…)

Saying Goodbye is Hard to Do

Calling it quits is hard. But I think being honest and admitting that it’s time to throw in the towel is even harder. I’ve decided to shut down our online store, Jax in the Box. It all boils down to the fact that (more…)

Teaching Life Skills: Money Management 101


After denying my 6-year old’s request to download yet another $10 book onto his Kindle, he replied, “But, Mom, you have lots of money in the bank.” At that moment, my heart started pounding and my face turned red: Kids who take money for granted push my buttons. It was at that moment that I realized we weren’t doing a very good job teaching our boys the value of money. (more…)

This Mom’s Promise to Your Daughter

A mom's promise

I’m a mom of three boys, 8-year old twins and 23-month old Jax. I’m a conscientious parent. I research issues before making important parenting decisions; I buy organic; I cook from scratch. When praising my boys I comment on their effort and not their intellect. I choose my words carefully because I know that words matter and that kids can decipher the meaning behind the verbiage. But not until recently have I considered how my own body image might impact my boys’ view and treatment of women. (more…)