Use Summer as a Training Time For Those Kids

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 30, 2015 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I read a blog post last week from a mom who was complaining about her kids during the summer. They never put anything away. They dropped their clothes everywhere. The mom had to drive them to their various activities. I kept waiting for the blogger to say how much she loves having her children around, […]

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We Are Family

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 24, 2015 in Family, life, Moms |

We are only as strong as our weakest member. This saying is used in business and in coaching, but I think it can be used for our family as well. I have seen my role as a mother to not only comfort my children when they are suffering and to give them strength when they […]

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Life After Another Bird Flys Away

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on September 23, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

I am now one month out from dropping our middle son off at college 250 miles away. When we did this with our oldest son two years ago, it was an exciting adventure. I can now admit that with the middle son it was the apprehension that just about killed me. I was so anxious […]

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Boxing Up A Life

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 17, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

As I prepare to pack up my middle son and send him on his way to college 250 miles away, I am reminded by some advice a friend of mine gave me when I did this two years ago, if I was to cry, it could only be tears of pride and joy. I am […]

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Advice To My Son As He Graduates From High School

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 20, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

  My middle son is graduating in a few days and I am starting to wake up in a sweat wondering if I have taught him everything that he will need to know when he ventures off to college in the fall. I don’t know what it is with parenting that we think we only […]

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Organized Living Lessons From My Dog

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on March 25, 2014 in Family, life, Moms |

  Losing a pet is never an easy thing. Before we lost our dog Rex I had only lost one other pet and I was in college and the world revolved around me at that time so it had little impact on me. But last week we made the gut wrenching decision to put down […]

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Going On A Guilt Trip

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized |

As a parent I travel down the guilt trip road far too frequently. I don’t know where it came from. But it is there, that little voice in my head telling me I could do better. Telling me I should be doing better. My oldest has already left the nest and my middle one is […]

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Get Ready For Summer By Being Prepared

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 24, 2013 in Family, life, Moms |

  The last days of school are upon us and the trees are almost all leafed out! Finally the calendar and Mother Nature are in alignment! I am shocked as always how fast a school year goes. I like to say when times are good….time flies by and when times are bad time is so […]

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HELP: What Do I Do With Those School Papers?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on May 15, 2012 in Family, life, Moms |

The school bell will soon ring for the last time until this fall. Parents everywhere are dreading the day that their child will clean out their desk and bring home the contents of their desk. Parents are often overwhelmed as they just are not so sure what they should keep so they hit their default […]

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For the Sake of Your Children; Learn to Throw Stuff Away

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on August 30, 2011 in Family, life, Moms |

  So often when I work with client’s they are terrified to throw* anything of their child’s away. I am not sure where this fear comes from, but parents everywhere I give you permission to start to throw your kid’s stuff away. I am talking about gum wrappers, broken bracelets, one earring without a mate. torn books, pieces of […]

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