What I Found in His Notebook

What I Found in His Notebook by Kim Bongiorno of LetMeStartBySaying

A couple years ago, my kids and I took on the project of cleaning my then 8-year-old son’s bedroom. You’d think it’d be a frustrating time of whining and dragging feet, but (shockingly) they both threw themselves into organizing, cleaning, and sorting while I assembled a new bookcase. When I was done and the bookcase was […]

The Treasures They Hold

The Treasures They Hold by Kim Bongiorno

Most parents spend their days collecting moments. Like multi-tasking beach combers, we keep an eye on the waves crashing towards us as we reach down to grab big, rippled clam shells in perfect form; bits of bleached coral; rare folds of smooth green sea glass; tiny delicate pink shells the size of our fingernails. We […]

Music to My Ears

Music to My Ears by Kim Bongiorno

Siblings annoy the crap out of one another. That’s just how they roll. But sometimes they do it more than usual, and as a parent you start to wonder why your two favorite little people are so different from one another. Why they can’t just be each other’s automatic best friend. Our home has been […]

How to Get Your Kids to Bed

How to get your kids to bed by Kim Bongiorno letmestart

1. Begin The Countdown to Bedtime warnings at 15 minute intervals at least 2 hours before you actually want them in bed. 2. Tell them10x each to use the toilet, wash their hands and faces, brush teeth, get PJs on. 3. Threaten to cancel/throw away something—anything—fun if they don’t get in the bathroom RIGHT NOW […]

Random Acts of Compliments

random acts of parent compliments by Kim Bongiorno

With a convertible and a megaphone, Blake Grigsby recently doled out “Drive By Compliments” to random people on the streets. He complimented clothes, hair, cute couples, coolness, all sorts of stuff. I liked it. I really did. The people who didn’t look totally defensive and suspicious appeared tickled pink at hearing something nice about themselves. What […]

Modesty and the Old Fogey

Modesty by Kim Bongiorno

I…I just don’t get it. I’m almost speechless. I SAID “ALMOST.” Is anyone modest with their physicality anymore? Does anyone say “No” anymore when asked to do unclothed or ridiculous things in a public forum? Does anyone see the value of not being publicly naked or not doing anything it takes to get on TV […]

A Few More House Rules

More House rules for kids by Kim Bongiorno LetMeStartBySaying

Many of you know I run a strict household. By that I mean I had to hang up a list of House Rules for kids a couple years ago to remind my offspring to not glue things directly to the walls, light people on fire (either pretend or for real), or play with knives. We worked on that […]