Another school tragedy, another call to do something about it

Hello, readers. It's been a busy February -- hence the Mommy Mentions hiatus. However, Wednesday afternoon's (Feb. 14, 2018) tragic events in Parkland, Florida, and a mom-to-teen discussion this morning concerning those events warrants a quick entry. Arriving home...

Puzzles produce plenty of things

I received a 1,000-piece puzzle for Christmas in the fifth grade. Its picture showed the scene from the 1982 movie "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" where the beloved alien hides among the stuffed animals in Gertie's closet. The puzzle took a lot of time to complete. I...

Stay home or go to school?

When your child wakes up with a nagging bellyache, a bad headache or downright fatigue, do you keep him home? What about a fever, upset stomach with vomiting or a pink eyeball? The latter three symptoms would most likely prompt a parent to keep Junior home, and...

Manners start at home. Or they should.

Excuse me. Please. Thank you. You're welcome. I'm sorry. These simple words and expressions help maintain a level of respect for one's self and others around them. Three young boys were entering my daughter's school building as I was leaving it last week. Seeing me...

With sick student, cyber communication nice aid

Teachers often get flak for having summer breaks, holidays and weekends off (Please note, teacher friends, I know the work often continues at home after the school bell concludes classes!). They also get praise and thanks from colleagues, students and students'...

Three words for day — heck, for life

It seems life just doesn't want to slow down. The holiday season underway, there are Christmas events to attend, gifts to buy and wrap, cards to write, seal and send, and more. Of course, the everyday routine continues -- school, work, activities, housework, bills....

Snowman set to float — and hide

A day to reflect on our blessings, gather with family and enjoy parades, football and other special productions has arrived. Happy Thanksgiving! For our family, it's time to enjoy the annual "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "The National Dog Show" and more. It's time...

Better to not give, and just celebrate?

The old saying goes, "It is better to give than to receive." It rings loud and clear during the holiday season, but what about giving nothing but time together and receiving nothing but good memories in return? What? No gifts to wrap? It would certainly save lots of...

Players’ incident example of what not to do

It happens all the time. A celebrity or athlete gets into trouble. The incident draws attention to himself or herself or, in the case of an athlete, the team, coaches and school/franchise (the latter if you're talking semi-pro or pro sports). The recent incident of...

It’s always good to go home again

It's good to go back there. Leaving home en route to nuptials 20 years ago, I lamented how surreal it felt. As we sat in the limousine outside the house, my dad told me that I could come back and visit any time. He said I didn't have to turn in my house key. Even when...

You might be an activities mom if …

Who doesn't enjoy comedian Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if ..." routine? Apparently, many people do on the social media circuit. Other lists have morphed following the Foxworthy method. Among them, "You might be from Pennsylvania if ...," "You might be...

Take the kids, if you can

It's General Election Day, a time to select officials to lead us from the local to national level. While most of this year's candidates on the ballot are on the local level, it still matters to cast your vote. I might sound like a broken record, but I'll say it again:...

They raise kids without rules

Call them the "feral family" -- as a conclusion of a short video does. Lewis and Gemma Rawnsley's seven children live by no rules. Mom and dad give them free range. They choose their bedtime, their food, their activities. Heck, they don't even have to go to school!...

Anticipated movie ‘Wonder’ can teach us all

"Dear God, please make them be nice to him." Those eight words uttered by actress Julia Roberts as the mom to a disfigured boy in the movie "Wonder" brought tears to my eyes. It's due for release in theaters next Friday, Nov. 17. According to the movie's Facebook...

Little moments like that

Country singer Brad Paisely's hit, "Little Moments," focuses on the little things that his girl did that he "lived for" -- from backing his truck into something to burning a cake on his birthday and setting off all the smoke alarms in the house. As a parent, you...

Being himself

Another Halloween has come and gone, and the Christmas commercials have commenced full throttle. Grr... let's enjoy Thanksgiving first! Regardless, let's backtrack a day to Halloween -- a holiday fun, frolic, frights, delights, good eats, treats and elaborate and...

Might just be a game, but things can go wrong

Getting into mischief is nothing new for youngsters, but when it results in damage or even death, it's downright dangerous and tragic. Last Wednesday (Oct. 25, 2017) in Flint, Michigan, five teenage boys decided to play a game of "dinging" on an overpass above...

He helps, and does it well

With healthy eating in mind, buying fruits and veggies is a big part of food shopping trips. The last shopping excursion netted an array of them. I usually try and cut them up quickly to store and have ready for snacking. Cucumbers, I have happily learned, are popular...

What’s it going to take to make them stop?

It happened again. Four days later. My daughter took the bus to school Monday morning (Oct. 23, 2017). My son got transport from mom. Approaching the driveway leading to parent-student dropoff, a grey sedan blocked the thruway. A woman comes to my car and said, "The...

Threats at school no joke

First came the text message. Then the phone call and the email message. A bomb threat found this morning (Oct. 19, 2017) in a boys' bathroom at my daughter's middle school prompted an evacuation of students, staff and faculty. Authorities "swept" the building as a...

Motherhood: What’s your favorite quote?

Social media serves up many a mommy/parenting meme, from the sentimental to the silly. While perusing Facebook earlier today, a meme that has stuck with me since my daughter was born surfaced. A favorite, it read, "I never knew how much love my heart could hold until...

Shopping assistance noticed

Food shopping. For some, it's a headache -- the shopping list, selecting the items, loading the cart at checkout, unloading the cart and loading the vehicle in the store parking lot, unloading the vehicle at home and, finally, putting the groceries away. On the other...

Girls, welcome to Boy Scouts on all levels

Girls, want to join the Boy Scouts starting as a Cub? Want to earn the Eagle Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout can earn? Welcome aboard. The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors made it official Wednesday (Oct. 11, 2017) when its members unanimously approved...

Staying focused

A social media meme once compared a woman's mind to a computer -- just think of 2,000 to 3,000-plus browser tabs open at the same time. True, ladies? This mom would definitely say yes. It seems that once one thing gets taken care of, another thing appears -- from...

Would you treat a teen trick-or-treater?

For most communities, trick-or-treat occurs on Halloween, Oct. 31. For some, the age limit to traverse neighborhoods in search of goodies is 12. Question: If a teenaged-looking ghost or goblin showed up at your doorstep, would you turn him away? If you say yes,...