Meeting Recap: Speaker Margit Crane

This past week’s meeting featured Family Coach Margit Crane’s presentation on “Adolescence Begins at Birth: 3 Habits to Put in Place Now to Save You Grief Later”.  She gave us some great tips for raising our children, and things to think about in the future as our children grow older and wiser!

More information can be found on her websites at or

Below are her parenting principles from her website:

The Good-Enough Parenting Manifesto

  1. Good-enough parents can act with courage, even if they’re not feeling courageous.
  2. Good-enough parents don’t lecture, yell, nag or act smug … much. Good-enough parents don’t withhold love.
  3. Good-enough parents live in the present.
  4. Good-enough parents work really, really, really hard to not take things personally.
  5. Good-enough parents have house rules and everyone in the family understands these expectations.
  6. Good-enough parents take time for recreation, hobbies, and their own friendships.
  7. Good-enough parents get guidance and support when they’re struggling with a challenge.

Attached is the presentation she shared with us:  MargitCrane_Presentation


Preschool Registrations

It’s almost hard to think about…but if you are planning to enroll your child in preschool for the Fall of 2014, most Plateau schools are doing their registrations in January. If you haven’t thought that far in advance, don’t fret…there’s plenty of time to register & TONS of Plateau preschools. Most preschools start at the age of 3 (typically with a cut-off birthdate as August 31st to qualify).

Mary, Queen of Peace has a preschool (which is part of the St. Joseph School from the Issaquah parish). They, along with most area preschools, have open houses going on this month so you can tour & find the perfect fit. Here’s MQP’s preschool flyer on their open house this month:


A New Baby!

Congratulations to Keri Rome On the birth of Andrew Paul Rome who was born at 10:47 am on Sat, Dec 21. He weighed 8 lb 3 oz and measured 20 3/4 inches. Congrats Rome family!!

rome baby


MNO: Cookie Exchange & White Elephant

An annual tradition with MQP MOPS’ group is the Christmas cookie exchange & white elephant gift exchange.  First, thank you Monica for hosting 24 of us in your home, it was a great night & your peppermint drink was awesome!

Trisha Gaffney won for best cookie, and her winning recipe will be posted on here soon!  Darlene Baker was lucky in terms of receiving the white elephant that has been with our MOPS groups for years now…the ugly white shirt vase.   Don’t forget to add your name to the bottom of it Darlene!  In the meantime, if you missed out – take a look at the evening:

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Tips & Tricks Compilation

Thanks to the few that responded to the “Tips & Tricks” Contest!  The winner will be given their gift card at the November 21st meeting (tomorrow!) Here’s what was shared:

  • I love to use old berry cartons (the plastic ones) from Strawberries or Raspberries for containers for crayons, chalk, markers, etc. They are easy to see what’s inside & stack neatly in our cabinets.
  • Get a babysitter to stay sane
  • I take so many photos of the kids with my iPhone, but then they just seem to get “lost” in the literally thousands of photos that I have in there.  So, to preserve some of my favorites, every year I use photos that I upload to Instagram & have little books made from Printstagram.  They make great stocking stuffers & keepsakes to look at the year in review in photos (and they are inexpensive, 2 books for $12).
  • Something that has helped a lot in our family…from newborn up till now (5 year old) is using a white noise machine in the kids rooms for sleeping. It has helped our newborns sleep through the night and it has blocked sound from waking up sleeping babies and kids in our house…a great invention. We even have travel sound machines that we use when going places. If you are in a noisy hotel or home or another person, they are great for creating the ambience of home.
  • I can’t pick just one! 1) I write a letter to my kids on their birthdays. I can’t keep up with baby books and photo albums, but 1 letter a year seems doable. 2) Take pictures of your kids’ preschool artwork instead of saving all of them 3) The reference books Baby 411 and Toddler 411 are like having a pediatrician right beside you – I refer to them often! 4) Always have chicken noodle soup, saltines, ginger ale, and pedialyte/Gatorade in your pantry for the inevitable stomach bug…you won’t feel like running to the store.
  • Do MOPS & preserve a little of yourself!
  • Wet/ dry bag! I really like the ones from planet wise. They are nice for the diaper bag since we cloth diaper. They are also great to put soiled clothes in too! They come in a variety of sizes and adorable patterns.