Stacey Says Saturday: Parenting

funny-parenting-dysfunction25 things Stacey has to say about parenting.

This new segment gives my opinion on a variety of topics. Twenty-five quick tips to improvement. This is just my opinion and some of it is just for humorous. I will only speak about topics that I have experience with. If you don’t like it, don’t read it. If you do like it, leave a comment please. I would love for my readers to add their tips as well.  Here are my 25 tips on parenting.

  1. Love your children
  2. Raise your children to be responsible, upstanding citizens
  3. Don’t breastfeed your children if they are able to carry a lunchbox to school.
  4. Give your children natural consequences.
  5. Don’t make promises that you cannot keep.
  6. If you are having an argument with your child then stop.
  7. Be honest.
  8. Don’t spend so much time trying to give them more that you actually give them less.
  9. Tell your children that you love them.
  10. Remember when you were their age.
  11. Don’t encourage family secrets.
  12. Be involved with your children’s activities.
  13. Trust your instincts.
  14. Let your children fall sometimes.
  15. Respect them as you want them to respect you.
  16. Don’t think that your child can do no wrong.
  17. Encourage communication
  18. Be open to compromise.
  19. Give them choices.
  20. Don’t pressure them to follow in your footsteps.
  21. Don’t have them do anything that you would not do?
  22. Eat family meals together.
  23. Learn how to keep a straight face.
  24. Don’t assume that when you put them to bed that they are actually asleep.
  25. Do not become a “helicopter” parent.


So that’s it. There are many more tips but this should get you going. Just remember that you chose to be a parent and you were chosen to be a parent to your children.

Getting to know this Modern Day Wife and Mom

Getting to know Stacey: 25 Things you don’t know about me.

In an effort to give my readers and followers further insight into who I am I thought I would give 25 things about me. So here they are.

My favorite food is chicken

I am highly allergic to all seafood (I can’t even walk past a fish fry). I have passed this allergy to both of my children.

I am a lover of scarves

I don’t like ugly attitudes

Before I became a therapist I wanted to become a nail technician

I love chocolate chip cookies

I love Hello Kitty ink pens

I love scouring the clearance isles

I am a very picky eater

I took dance lessons from the age of 3 to 18.

My husband and I met in college while I was a hall monitor. I busted him for a music violation.

I like to design t-shirts

I have eczema; which I have passed on to my son.

I have narcolepsy. I was diagnosed in 2005 after struggling to stay awake for so many years

I am very close to my parents

I have one sister named Heather.

I love family gatherings but I hate preparing for them.

I love fondue

I am 2 years older than my husband. He lets that be known often.

I like to sing in the shower, car and in my sleep.

I love going to Branson, Missouri for vacations. It is such a warm and cozy place to visit.

I am 30 years old

Arts and crafts are therapeutic to me.

I want to go to Hawaii someday.

My favorite movie is Steel Magnolias

Newlywed News: In This Game for Seven Months Now

It has been almost 8 months since I married my boo Tyrone. I can say that these last 8 months have been beautiful and trying all at the same time. Our family has had to battle illness and other obstacles but I can always say that I am blessed. With each passing day I am so happy to be married to my husband. We don’t have much but we have each other, our beautiful children and supportive family. Even after being together for years prior to our marriage, I am constantly learning about the “Husband Tyrone”. Here are seven things I have learned about my husband in our first seven months of marriage.

  1.     Tyrone loves being married and he tells someone new every day.
  2.     Tyrone really is bothered by my snoring
  3.     Tyrone leaves the bathroom light on ALL the time.
  4.     Tyrone likes when I pick out his clothing for him.
  5.     Tyrone likes to play word search games on my ipad when he’s bored.
  6.     Tyrone likes a cup of coffee often after dinner.
  7.     Tyrone still makes my heart skip a beat when he kisses me.

Don’t You Love Temper Tantrums?

On Friday, with Easter being only a couple of days away I had of course waited until the last minute to prepare. The kids and I went to one of my favorite places, Target to get the items that I needed to decorate the eggs. As soon as we walked into the store my son, Anthony, asked for popcorn from the in-store café. I told him no because we were eating dinner after we left the store. Nothing would calm him down. As I started to completely tune him out to quickly locate my three items and get the heck out of there I thought about this blog post. I also thought about the lessons I learned from his temper tantrum. I hope that by me informing you all that I will save a tantruming kid in the store in the future. Here are my five tips for in-store temper tantrums.

  1.     Don’t give in to the child’s request because the tantrum will become longer and gain in intensity the next shopping trip.
  2.    Actively ignore. Make sure the child’s basic needs are met though.
  3.    Don’t let them see you sweat! They can smell fear and if they know that you are angry, sad, upset or embarrassed they will play on you. The tantrum will only get worse.
  4.    If you have older children ask them to ignore the tantrum as well.
  5.    Remember that a tantrum can be a good way to save money because you are only going to buy the necessities and get out of there quickly.

So there it is 5 quick tips to tantrum survival. Let me know how it goes! Good Luck!

Are you kidding me Monday: 12/26/11

Hey there! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. I know I did. Here is your weekly dose of are you kidding me; holiday style:

  1.     Children who get mad at their parents for not telling Santa the right items to get from their list. Are you kidding me?!
  2.     A child leaves a slab of ribs for Santa instead of cookies and milk because he says that Santa is changing it up this year. Are you kidding me?!
  3.     Narcissistic parents that tell their children that there is no Santa just to get the focus on them buying the gifts.  Are you kidding me?!
  4.      Going to four different houses on Christmas and eating a FULL plate of food at each one. Are you kidding me?!
  5.      People who are invited to Ugly Sweater parties because they dress in costume the who month of December.  Are you kidding me?!
  6.      Children who are afraid to go to sleep the night after Christmas because they know that an old man has been in their home yelling obscenities to their mother! Are you kidding me?!
  7.      Parents who started their Christmas shopping so early in the year that they forgot where they hid the gifts. Are you kidding me?!


So there it is. Your weekly dose of Are You Kidding Me! See you next week!

5 Fast Tips Friday: Last Minute Holiday Shopping

Here are your 5 quick tips for last minute shopping for all you procrastinators.

  1. Make a list and check it twice! You must know whom you are buying for, the amount you want to spend and what type of gift you are looking for.
  2. Choose 2 to 3 stores where you will shop for the gifts. This will take less time.
  3. Gift cards are always easy and nice. If you want to personalize it bake some cookies or buy some cookies to go with it.
  4. Free gift wrapping. Have your gifts wrapped by the free gift wrappers in the mall. That will save you time as well.
  5. Give family gifts instead of gifts to individual family members. Games and movies always make good family gifts. You could even put together a basket.

So there you have it. Your 5 fast tips. Now get off the internet and finish up that shopping!

Are You Kidding Me Monday: 12/19/11

It has been a crazy week around here so here it is.

1. My daughter informed me that at school they call her Symonece because she sings like Beyonce. Are you kidding me?!

2. There are 20 people waiting in line at the grocery store and only 2 lanes are open. Are you kidding me?!

3. A local radio station said that there is a strip club that is giving away free lap dances if you bring in a new toy for their toy drive! Are you kidding me?!

4. According to Yahoo nearly 1 in 3 Young U.S. Adults have an arrest record.! Wow! Are you kidding me?!

5. People who eat while they are on the phone smacking their lips. Are you kidding me?!

6. Children who ask Santa for more gifts than the number of fingers and toes they have but can count on one hand the number of times they have been good this year! Are you kidding me?!

7.  People who complain about the crowds in the store but they are are also the ones who are Christmas shopping less than a week before Christmas! Are you kidding me?!

Tune in next week for your daily dose of Are you kidding me Monday.

Can Carpooling with Your Mate Enhance Your Relationship?

In today’s economy people may feel the need to carpool to save on gas, money and pollution. What people may not know is that it can enhance your relationship with your mate as well. With technology enhancements on the increase there has also been a decrease in oral communication between couples. Utilize this time to strengthen your relationship communication. Here are five ways to optimize car communication time:

  1. Plan out the meals.
  2. Discuss a dinner and movie and date night.
  3. Plan a trip
  4. Discuss each other’s positive qualities.
  5. Discuss the future goals for your family.

Remember this is supposed to be a light, fun and positive conversation. The communication is not intended to evoke negative responses in your partner; especially if you both are heading to work. So give it a try! Happy Trails and Tells!