Three Years In

Today I’m celebrating my third blogiversary with my four fine sons ❤ Each one is a man of impressive integrity, pursuing his life’s passion. Is there any greater joy for a parent? Thank you for rejoicing with me! This past year has spanned one college graduation, one son entering grad school, another son moving across the continent, and the youngest […] Read more ...

Two Years Old and Toddling

Again this year, blogging about parenting has received less of my time and attention than actual parenting. Family life comes first! Like a typical toddler, Parenting in the Sweet Spot in its second year took a few spills while exploring. When this site got hacked, I learned the importance of site security. When social media sites switched things up, I […] Read more ...

Your Child’s Musical Life: Getting an Early Start

Discovering music at an early age

When our firstborn was still a little guy, he earned the nickname “Jazz Baby” because he, like most kids, responded to music with bouncing to the beat, grinning ear to ear, and singing along. When he and our other sons were buckled into high chairs or car seats, they would kick their feet to the beat – so cute! All […] Read more ...

The Incredible Value of Creative Play

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

Gillian Lynne is a British dancer and choreographer with a long and impressive list of theatrical credits, including being the lead choreographer of the hugely successful musical “Cats”, and also of “Phantom of the Opera”, the longest running musical in Broadway history. When Gillian was in the second grade, however, her mother was concerned by her underperformance at school and […] Read more ...

50 Creative Things to Do on a Rainy Day

parenting on a rainy day

Yesterday the weather where I live was cold and wet, in what I hope was the last gasp of winter. The drab view through my rain-streaked windows got me thinking about what we would have done on a day like that when my four wiggly little boys needed a day of play indoors. Rainy days are perfect opportunities to pack […] Read more ...

Welcome to Parenting in the Sweet Spot!

  Twenty-seven years ago, I became a mother. I’ve loved it all – the fluttering baby kicks of pregnancy, the unique stories from each labor & delivery, the nursing, cuddling, toddling, schooling, exploring, achieving … I’m endlessly fascinated with the unfolding of each of my four sons’ lives.  Two months ago, my youngest turned eighteen years old, and just this […] Read more ...