Ugh…I just need a break!
Do you want to guess how many unused spa gift certificates I have laying around somewhere? Most days, it’s just unrealistic to slip away for a half-day or more. But, hey, I’d be happy to go to the bathroom uninterrupted.
Don’t Make This Mistake
Do you ever find yourself trying to hide what’s presumptively “wrong” with your kids or your families? If so, Oh Honey, believe me when I say…you’re not alone. Perhaps you have a screaming, whining, demanding four-year-old.
An Important Life Lesson My Bike Taught Me
[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.staging3.kerrystutzman.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Blog-Photos-3.png” alt=”Life Lesson My Bike Taught Me” _builder_version=”4.9.5″ _module_preset=”default”][/et_pb_image][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] My bike crash happened in slow motion. As I went down, I had an extensive internal chat: “Argh, those people I wanted to pass were so slow!” “Why can’t I get […]
The Car Sanctuary
So often while driving, my kids would fall asleep and I found that to be a quiet peaceful time. So, I decided to make my car my sanctuary.
What’s the Most Important Meal of the Day? All of Them!
Recently a mom posted on a mom-based support group I am a part of, “How do you find time to eat during the day with your baby?” She was struggling to balance the new-ness of being a mom, taking care of her baby, and taking care of herself. I read this and thought to myself, […]
Airplane Travel with Toddlers: Nine Out-of-the-Box Strategies
Before I had kids, vacation started the moment I sat down on the airplane. That all changed when I started traveling with toddlers. And how! When traveling with toddlers, boarding a flight signals the beginning of the biggest challenge of the trip: trying to confine little people with the need for speed into one small space […]
3 Tips for Parenting in December Without Losing Your Ho! Ho! Ho!
It happens every year. The sweet mother of two young children sat in my office, slouched over, and shared how she dreads December. “I take on too much,” she sighed. Then she gets overloaded, becomes irritable with her kids and ends up hating the stress of December. All that effort for the sake of her […]
Dear Kerry: “Sick of all the Whining”
Dear Kerry, My 12 year old son whines constantly and it drives me absolutely crazy. It’s almost like it’s his default way of speaking. I don’t want to constantly berate him – but I am not sure how to curb the whining? Sick of All the Whining Dear Sick, For better or worse, this seems […]
Standing Up to Teen Defiance
Siblings and rivalry go hand-in-hand so it’s no surprise that 14 year-old Preston taunts and pesters his younger brother, Kyle. Recently, Preston refused to stop pestering his brother and was provoking him by throwing things, hassling him and doing anything he could to elicit a response from his brother just for entertainment. This was much […]
Discipline that Makes Cents
Tax Unwanted Behavior At a parent coaching session recently, a single dad talked about a real world solution to his parenting dilemma. He charged a tax to his children when they displayed unwanted behavior and paid them a bonus when they displayed positive behavior. What appeared to be a simple solution proved to be a […]