Ashley Does: The Four Gift Holiday Rule

Last year at Christmastime, we were poor.

I’m being super honest with you right now. POOR. Like, there was no money at all.

We decided to have a minimalist Christmas and explained to the girls what that meant:

Santa would come, of course. Stockings would be filled. But other than that, there would be no other presents.

When they asked why, we did what all good parents would do: we lied to them stretched the truth a bit.

We told them we were saving all our Christmas money for a special trip to Disneyland.

That is partially true. We do plan on a special trip to Disneyland at some point in the future. So it wasn’t exactly lying to them.

That’s not exactly the point here though so moving right along… Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Four Gift Holiday Rule”

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Ashley Does: The Technology Struggle

There are moments in parenting that make you want to pat yourself on the back for your brilliance…and there are moments that make you want to question everything you’ve ever done as a parent.

Today, my 8 and 6 year old daughters spontaneously gave me their Christmas lists on the way to school. It quickly turned into one of those “question everything” moments.

These lists included the usual: bikes, walkie talkies, toys inspired by their favorite movies and TV shows.

But then, my 8-year-old dropped a bomb on me: “Mommy, for Christmas I want an iPod, with a case. The kind that plays music and has games and apps and can text.”

Continue reading “Ashley Does: The Technology Struggle”

Ashley Does: The “Day After The Presidential Election” Talk

Everyone is asking, “What will we tell the children?”

Some are nervous, some are scared, some are angry.

Honestly, do you want to tell them anything while you’re in that state?

Will showing your children how to be scared, nervous, and angry help them right now?

When Olivia, my oldest daughter, woke up today, the first thing she asked was, “Who won the election?”

This is how I answered her. Continue reading “Ashley Does: The “Day After The Presidential Election” Talk”