Mommy Mentions

The working mom of an elementary student and a middle school student, Copy Editor Katie Campomizzi-Clews explores the unique challenges of balancing work and parenting and takes a look at issues affecting parents and children. Readers are encouraged to submit stories of their own trials and triumphs in the wild world of parenting to Katie for inclusion in this blog.

Spend time together for health’s sake

Research notes that spending time together as a family, from moms and their children to grandparents and their grandchildren, can benefit health and well-being for the long haul. An article shared many times in the past year on social media indicates that grandparents...

Silence golden at games?

Perusing Yahoo! this morning, a headline for a sports-related column caught my eye. Written by Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports, "Youth soccer league calls for parents to be silent ... and that's a good thing" tells of the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association's call...

Summer swiftly swimming along, so enjoy it!

It's hard to believe that we celebrated America's 241st birthday nearly a week ago. It's also hard to believe that the following day -- July 5, 2017 -- flyers promoting "Back to Campus" merchandise arrived in the mail. Display cases filled with glue sticks, crayons,...

Feel like summer yet?

A week from today (June 21, 2017), summer will officially arrive. Judging from Mother Nature's dose of humidity the past few days, however, I think it's safe to say it's already here. With the house overheating just a bit more when hot weather hits, the kiddos...

Jumping into June

Well, here we are at the sixth month of 2017, the midpoint of the year. The "mayhem of May" now behind us, June arrives. It marks myriad things -- that 2017 is half over, that summer is coming and, most notably, the end of another school year. In the case of high...

‘The Mayhem of May’

Wow! It's been nearly a month since this mommy mentioned anything here. I attribute it to what I have coined "The Mayhem of May." Every year without fail since my daughter has been involved in dance and school -- and my son joined the school days -- May becomes filled...

April awash in activity — and yarn

The last week of April is upon us. Seriously, where did this month go? April seemed awash with activities, from a belated St. Patrick's Day parade (April 8, 2017) in Girardville to Easter services and dinners to dance rehearsals, a ballet production and, coming up,...

You can’t please them all

Dinner. The word could make a mom cringe. She prepared it last night, and now she has to do it again after a long day of housekeeping, working or running errands or the kids to activity destinations? Regardless, the quest to concoct a meal for the masses endures....

She saw a pretty doctor

The line in Martina McBride's sentimental song, "In My Daughter's Eyes" pegs it perfectly. "In my daughter's eyes, everyone is equal. Darkness turns to light, and the world is at peace." Think about it. The littlest of children don't differentiate. They don't see race...

Eat early afternoon or later?

A meme from the "Softball is For Girls" (sic) Facebook page notes, "Everyone has practice so we can either have dinner at 4:30 or 9:15." I need to add to that meme. "Everyone has dance class or rehearsal..." This dinner dilemma also affects dance moms and many more...

Those songs that get you every time

Dance recital and show season is in full swing. Instructors are encouraging practice at home. With one show three weeks away and a recital less than two months away, it's paramount. The season finds DVDs of past recitals and shows resurfacing as well. Last evening...

Little Mr. Fix-It

It's nice to have a "mother's little helper," that child who willingly holds the door when mom's arms are full of groceries (you know, you'll haul 40 shopping bags into the house or die trying just to avoid a second trip to the car), puts his clothes in the hamper and...

Having children later make you wiser mom?

An article published on Yahoo! Beauty discusses a study conducted by Danish researchers on women who have children later in life. The findings? Women who embrace motherhood later in life may handle parenting aspects better than younger mothers. The study looked at...

Child’s death touches us all

Driving from Schuylkill Haven on Saturday afternoon (March 18, 2017), traffic got rerouted on Route 61 south. My son and I went a roundabout way and got back onto Route 61. We then realized the reason for the reroute. Two cars collided at the 443 intersection. Many...

New character helps to educate about autism

"Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" What adult doesn't remember hearing that catchy theme song on PBS? Who remembers Ernie telling Bert that he couldn't hear him because he had a banana in his ear? Or the song about the 12 ladybugs "at the...

Irish and random thoughts

Today marks the Feast of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Famed for many things, many credit him with driving snakes out of the Emerald Isle. A carton that always gives a chuckle shows Patrick in the driver's seat of a car filled with snakes. The serpents are...

Kids dig in — literally

A meme featured on several social media sites and pages shows drawings of simple appliances and cleaning apparatus -- washer, dryer, dishwasher, mops, brooms, dust pan and brush, etc. -- with the words, "If your child can operate a smartphone, they can use any one of...

The working mom of an elementary student and a middle school student, Copy Editor Katie Campomizzi-Clews explores the unique challenges of balancing work and parenting and takes a look at issues affecting parents and children. Readers are encouraged to submit stories of their own trials and triumphs in the wild world of parenting to Katie for inclusion in this blog.
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