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

How to stop yelling at your kids

22 Oct

mom yelling at young son

There’s various posts about “how to stop yelling at your kids”. And to be honest – that’s a great goal. More than that – it’s downright admirable.  My only concern is that promising yourself you’ll stop yelling is just going to end up being one more thing to feel guilty about at the end of […]

Mother of all Meltdowns is turning 1

20 Oct

Mother of all Meltdowns turns 1

It’s hard to believe but our book has just turned one year old! Just like with our real baby, time has flown by and we find ourselves in denial about where the time has gone.   Happy Birthday to us Happy Birthday to us Happy Birthday to the Mother of all Meltdowns Happy Birthday to […]

Who has the cutest Halloween costume?

10 Oct

jack o lantern

Halloween is one of my family’s favorite holidays.  The weather starts to get cooler, which is always a welcome respite.  It starts our year end feeding frenzy; candy, turkey and Christmas cookies. We always get together with the extended family to eat dinner then head out to troll the neighborhood in search of sugar laden […]

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, […]

No Mother Is Perfect on Mother’s Day

24 Apr

no mother is perfect Mothers Day Campaign

No Mother is Perfect, But Every Mother is Unique We know how much everyone enjoyed our book The Mother of all Meltdowns that was published last October. Well, we are holding an amazing Mother’s Day event at our newest community. Stop by No Mother Is Perfect and interact with all of your favorite authors; myself […]

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 […]

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap

20 Mar

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap #Dial

The Dial brand provided us with a sample of Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap in exchange for a product review. All of the opinions expressed here are our honest feelings about this product.  It was an honor working with Dial. Being helicopter parents, you can imagine that we go through tons of premium hand soap; […]

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 […]