Taking back the streets

Megan Green Stuke

"Say Trick-or-Treat!!" "Say 'Thank you!'" If I said those lines once on Monday night, I said them half a billion times. If I had a dollar for every time I said it, we could put a dent in the national... wait, nevermind. I never claimed to be good at math. ...

Good-bye Sunday morning. It's been real.

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/oct/28/223698/ I was visiting with a friend last week - a friend with whom I have a lot in common, both in personality and philosophy, about church, or rather, our lack thereof. And as we talked, I heard a faint death knell ringing - the knell for the death of ...

Pretty is as pretty does

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/oct/19/223117/ I caught myself last night doing something I've been trying to be conscious of not doing. Old habits, they are so darn tricky. A friend was over with her five year old daughter, and we all sat at the table having a snack. Absentmindedly, I reached over, touched her ...

Getting off the potty train

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/oct/12/222620/ When we moved into our new house, Johnny was about 21 months old. At that time, I considered changing daycares to one closer to our new home. I also considered potty training, but I knew that the move was probably enough, so I vowed to stick with the status ...

Family meals - not just a 50's myth

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/sep/28/221716/ "National Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children" was Monday. This makes me both happy and sad. I'm glad there is a movement toward family dinner again, which I think piggybacks the local/whole food movement - all of which I'm in firm support. But I'm ...

The Maternal Balance Beam

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/sep/22/221281/ So I applied for Leadership Lawrence this year, and (wah wah wahhh) I didn't get in. Which is totally okay. I'm fine about it. Really. No biggie. I don't mind. It's FINE. Seriously, I'm totally down with not getting into a group of leaders for a community I worship ...

Baby, he was born that way.

Megan Green Stuke

http://wellcommons.com/users/meganstuke/photos/2011/sep/12/220692/ We all have things that, as parents, we're smug about. Come on, admit it. You believe that your child's compunction to wash hands frequently is all because of your good home trainin' and if other people would just train their kids like you did, no one would be sick ...

What's up with the doc?

Megan Green Stuke

I remember being in my early 20's, sitting at a bar chatting with a friend of mine who was a few years older than myself. I distinctly remember him saying, "When we're older and we all have kids, let's promise now not to talk about them all the time when ...

Unexpected Consequences

Megan Green Stuke

Johnny and I flew to Dallas a couple of weekends ago. I had prepared myself for adversity. I knew it was going to be difficult schlepping all the stuff through the airport. I had organized just so in order to be able to quickly retrieve a diaper, a wipe, a ...

Harness the negativity

Megan Green Stuke

Recently, a friend of mine became accidentally embroiled in a "Mommy War." And it made me sad. It started on a website (doesn't it always?): a blogger complained about moms who "can't control their kids" and resort to using kid harnesses when they're in public. Moms chimed in. "My kid ...

Protective Factor 4: Increasing knowledge of child development and parenting

Megan Green Stuke

"You are the number one expert on your child." This is a mantra I hear myself and the staff at The Ballard Center repeating almost daily. Parents sometimes need to be reminded of this. We wring our hands and rely on doctors and other professionals, which is very important, but ...

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