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From the Milhood 101 Mailbag


Several months ago, sometime after the start of this grandmother or bubby blog, I started a new site just for mothers-in-law. My goal for this site has to educate mothers-in-law on how to facilitate a health relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, or MIL and DIL, as we call ourselves. Subscribers to  this site that addresses the needs of well-meaning but struggling mothers-in-law, can get lists and tips on how to make their relationships with DIL’s (and even SIL’s) wonderful. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email


Musical Memories: Finger Plays and Silly Stuff


When I think back on the fun and quality times with my children, I recall the music and singing. At one time or another,  my sons took piano  clarinet, violin and trumpet lessons. But that process of practicing and performing is not the music I remember as fondly as I do the finger-plays. The little ditty rhymes that I chanted with each of my sons when they were toddlers. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email


Why Our Adult Children Back Off Sometimes


Sometimes I smother…and hover over my children. It wouldn’t be such a problem, if my children were 10 or 11. But they’re not. In fact, my children are all adults, and as much as I tend to forget it, quite capable ones too. When I smother my adult children with too much advice and input, they tend to back off and share less. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email


Going Out on a Limb and other Corny Cliches


When someone tells me that I’m really taking my broken foot situation in stride, I smile at the pun…and the compliment.  But when people are so bold as to go out on a limb in their writing, calling attention to  cliches by inserting quotation marks, I simply put my foot down. Aaargh! Not another corny joke! What bothers me about puns is the utter lack of originality. Someone coined a phrase for a common life phenomenon, and another person pulls that phrase out of their word bag, plugging it into his or her writing. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email


8 Ways I Broke Into My Diet Program After Breaking My Ankle


I’ve struggled with weight, and  battled sticking to any sort of food program – in particular  a Weight Watchers program.  So when I broke my leg, I had a feeling that any pounds I’d lost over the past weeks through hard work, would be quickly gained back. Broken Leg = Couch Potato? I was forced to bring my active life to a standstill.  As per doctor’s orders, I’ve been home for long stretches of time in bed with my right foot elevated. I haven’t  walked in shoes, nor have I driven a car for several months. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email


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