Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad - Tales from the Not-so-Darkside of Parenting

Do you let your kids walk to school alone?

1 Oct

kids with backpacks walking to school

Since I have always struggled with allowing Beloved to do activities alone, for fear that something would happen to her, she has never gotten to walk to school alone or with friends for that matter.  Our local elementary school could possibly be considered “in walking distance” if my child was training for a marathon but […]

Clash of the Couples is almost here!

25 Sep

adam and eve on the couch

I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the new book Clash of the Couples.  Regardless of who you are, and you know who you are, we tend to get into skirmishes with those we love most.  Oh sure, we think we are arguing over meaningful topics and all too often, we find that our […]

Must Have Items For Being Out With Your Baby

2 Sep

baby and mom with suitcase

For such tiny things, babies certainly need lots of supplies. Each time you leave the house with your little one, you might feel as though you have enough belongings to support a small army. The fact is, there are certain must-have items for being out with your baby that you simply can’t leave behind when […]

Include O Wines in your celebration-send a girl to college

8 Aug

O Wines Red wine

O Wines provided me with samples of this product. The opinions are honest and our own. It was an honor to work with them. My husband and I love spending time together and often take the time to reflect on why we feel so blessed.  It doesn’t always have to be a full production; often […]

Let your baby cry it out by Dr. Orlena Kerek

14 Jun

little baby girl sitting in grass crying

When you have your first baby, your world is turned upside down. You stop being able to do what you want to do, when you want to and are now in charge of this tiny being. To begin with, the tiny being only has a handful of needs, that is, to be fed, changed, entertained, […]

Glass Dharma straws

27 Mar

glass straws are eco-friendly

We couldn’t wait to review the newest line of Glass Dharma glass straws.  They are handmade in the USA and better for the environment.  It was an honor working with them. Glass Dharma glass straws are a great way to enjoy your drinks without worrying about the waste from a regular plastic straw or your […]

Then I Became a Mother by Robin Kramer

24 Mar

Robin Kramer book Then I became a mother

We were so excited to receive a copy of Robin Kramer’s book “Then I Became a Mother” to review. We found her stories painfully true and inherently lovable.  She is an amazing author with the gift of gab and I highly recommend you read her stuff! Then I Became A Mother This book is so […]

Travel with Kids made easy

22 Mar

Rabias kids traveling

Back when I was single, road trips and holidays were pretty simple. I’d pack my bag with my stuff and head out. I could leave whenever was convenient for me and stops along the way were only dependent on my appetite and my bladder. Since becoming a parent, things have gotten a bit more complicated […]

Will the real helicopter parent please stand up?

6 Mar

#helicoptermom looking over daughters shoulder while texting

My husband and I have lived under the constant scrutiny of a nation that does not understand our parenting style.  Not only don’t they understand, but many of them don’t even care to try.  Just like the extra effort needed to stay involved in their children’s lives, it isn’t easy, but it’s so worth it. […]

180 Experiences that will Strengthen your Marriage

25 Feb

180 experiences that will strengthen your marriage

Okay, so I guess you’re wondering why Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad have moved from helicopter parent topics of discussion to marriage; truthfully, we asked ourselves the same question.  When Dustin Wiggins asked us to review his newest book, 180 Experiences that will Strengthen your Marriage, we thought perhaps he had reached out to […]

Helicopter parents can hover with Zubie

19 Feb


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zubie for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Since Beloved has only been driving for a short time, she has not yet learned all of the nuances of her vehicle and the road.  Just Plane Dad and I have taught her the basics and […]

Jungle Gym Jam CD review

17 Feb

everyones invited music cd

Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad were asked to review the Jungle Gym Jam CD.  Our review and #giveaway are below and we are honored to work with Jason Didner.  We received a copy of the CD in order to offer our honest opinion. Jason Didner, host of the Cool Rockin’ Daddy Video Show, and […]

Happy Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

valentine basket with candy

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  For my family, we all exchange cards, a few kisses and spend the evening over a wonderful dinner.  For us, nothing beats quality time together.   I show my love for Beloved and Just Plane Dad every single day that I have them with me on this journey […]

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend with #CookieBoss

5 Feb

cookie weekend save the date #cookieboss

I am being compensated by GSUSA for my participation in its National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend campaign as part of my affiliation with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  I love Girl Scouting and I’m honored to work with both organizations. #CookieBoss   I have a long love affair with the Girl Scouts and an even […]

Where do we go from here?

20 Jan

MLK, statue, I have a dream

Today is one of those beautiful days in history that you learn about your whole life but never fully understand the impact of the lesson.  Growing up we were thrilled to have the day off of school and that was enough.  We understood the general meaning of why we were celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., […]