Sarah Williamson-Baker 23 results

Toothy Drama

We've had trouble with our son being a picky eater for years. While he's been picky, until recently he ate enough healthy foods to get by. About three weeks ago he started rejecting some of his long-time staples and we had a series of serious talks to get him back on track. My husband and I thought all was fine, until he got a loose tooth. We noticed it a few weeks ago when we were helping him brush his teeth, but he acted like he didn't hear us. Then last week, he "discovered it" again ...

Handle Your Business Without People Knowing Your Business

For some people it is much harder than it is for others, but for all of us, “Handle Your Business Without People Knowing Your Business,” is an important lesson. In my professional life I spend a great deal of time online, and even guide others on the best uses of social media. Raising digitally engaged kids, I find myself focusing on the same principles at home (with some slight adaptations of course).   Here are my top five rules of sharing, the family and work versions. &n...

Summer At Home

Its been six months since I decided to stay home with my kids and attend graduate school at night. It was a tremendous shift for me personally and for the family. There have been plenty of hard times, but mostly it has been fantastic. And one of the best things that I've ever done.   Spring semester and the early part of summer were filled with the routine activities of child rearing and college. There were lunches and carpool lines, swim practices and grocery shopping, study ...

Humble Thyself

Humility is one of the toughest things to learn and its even harder to teach. On Tuesday night, my oldest and several of her friends got a healthy dose of humility at their swim meet. They were swimming their races and doing well. Beautiful strokes, fast times. As they finished their races and got out of the water one of the coaches was yelling out their names and calling them over to speak with her. This is a girl that we have known for several years and I trust. So, when she called ...

Not Raising A Jerk

A few days ago between making breakfasts and packing lunches I turned on the TV and heard the anchors mention an upcoming story "How Not to Raise a Jerk." My interest was peaked. First, why in the world would it be necessary to describe ones' own children as a jerk. But also, yet another reference to how good parenting is becoming catch phrases.  Is it really possible that all kids need from their parents can fit into a 90 second spot on the morning news. Despite my skepticism, the headline ...

Broccoli

Our son is a pretty gosh darn picky eater. He eats chicken nuggets, hot dogs, apple slices, potato chips, cheese sticks and carrot sticks. Some types of crackers. And of course fruit snacks and cookies and candy.... But NOTHING green.   We've tried many different approaches. Giving him the same foods as us and nothing else, giving him food he wants and also the foods we eat, and after months years way too long of being patient, he tried broccoli the other night. My husband told him ...

Graduations and Growing Up

It should not come as a shock that my kids are growing up. I feed them three meals a day. I buy them clothes in new sizes. But for some reason it doesn't always quite sink in that they are growing up. Not just growing, but growing up. In the next several weeks we have two graduations - preschool and fifth grade. They are both excited to start the new chapters of their life, but it also has me realizing just how big they are. Take me daughter. She is not 5' 2" and wearing clothes from the ...

Older Isn’t Easier

When I started telling people we were pregnant with our second child there were many giggles. Several people told us, "its about to get harder." At first it was harder. Managing a kindergartner with a baby in tow, and going back to work while juggling pumping, lunch boxes and ballet lessons - it was certainly not easy. But we made it. Admittedly, the last few years we have been cruising a bit. When I was working we had a full time sitter. If one of us needed to work late or traffic was ...

The Hardest Moments

The hardest moments of the last ten years of my life have all (with the exception of my dad's death) been when my something was wrong with my one of my kids. The worst was when my daughter was in preschool she had terrible coughing fits. Off and on all day, after many round of antibiotics we had a chest x-ray. My nerves were shot and I was so on edge I couldn't work for the two days between the x-rays and confirming it was asthma. I feel apart when I learned that she needed daily medicati...

A Win

My son who is five has begun to notice that people come in all shapes and sizes. And twice now he has commented that someone was particularly “wide.” Regrettably they have both been within earshot of the person he was referring. The first time he said this, we were out shopping. I apologized profusely to the man and quickly pulled my son aside. To him, a comment on stature is much like a comment on hair color or shoes. But, it is not. I explained to him that we only say kind things to ...