How Do I Get My Kids To Listen To Me?

I have never written a biography about myself that reads Jen Banks, Parenting Expert. I have never claimed to even have the slightest clue as to what I am doing when it comes to this whole parenting gig. But I do know one thing...My mother was right. When my first son was born, paranoia made me bring him into our bed. I always needed to be next to know he was breathing. My mother said that I would regret that decision to co-sleep and … [Read more...]

Taking It Away

Over the past year my 6 year old has gone from the happy, smiley, bright little boy, to a cranky, always frowning, even hateful boy.  He's not happy, he's not content, he's cranky.  And I think I know what the problem might be. In the same time frame that I've seen this drastic change in him, he has discovered something called a Let's Play on Youtube.  Essentially they are commentated video's of people playing video games, some are sponsored, … [Read more...]

Can My 5 Year Old Be Depressed?

In an instant, a split second, my heart broke today. "I wish I didn't exist, I don't want to live anymore." Those were the words that came out of my beautiful 5 year old boys lips today.  They crushed me, they took me aback.  For a second, I didn't know what to say. We were at the bank, I was digging around in my purse for my card when he said it.  I sat down on the floor, people looked at me, I didn't care.  I needed to know why he said … [Read more...]

Tonight I didn’t hit a boy on a bike…

This is an open letter to the Mother of the two boys who drove their bikes out in front of my car tonight.  The two boys who are still alive tonight because I was paying attention.  But, I'm still shaking... I spent the day today at my Mothers.  We visited, I looked at her blossoming Hydrangea's and we chatted.  I do this often as I'm very lucky that my Mom only lives about 10 minutes from me.  Around 8pm I put the kids and the car and headed … [Read more...]

How I Scarred My Kid For Life…(or did I?)

It was all very innocent.  I had no intention on it happening.  But the Wolf caught the damn baby Reindeer. It was Earth Day.  I found out that itunes had a free download for one episode of  Earth.  I jumped to get it.  I've wanted to watch Planet Earth for a while now, just haven't gotten around to buying it.  Either way, I thought it would be a great learning experience for Ben.  Turns out it was me who had the learning experience. It … [Read more...]

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