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Heidi Smith Luedtke
McGuire AFB, NJ
I'm a personality psychologist and freelance writer. I believe parenthood is the ultimate leadership bootcamp. Follow along and learn with me.
Interests: Reading, cooking, running, and writing.
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First Day of School! First Day of School! Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Leading Mama
If you've been to my house, you know I care more about people, play and projects than I do about cleaning and organizing. As I prepared for Hurricane Irene this week, I've seen several unexpected benefits. Here's to the lighter side of hurricane prep. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at Leading Mama
As you may know if you've been following this blog for a while, Little Mama is a champion sleeper. Scratch that: WAS a champion sleeper.... Until I ruined her. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Leading Mama
My four year old cracked me up the other day when we were getting ready to go swimming at his girlfriend's house. Now, you must know that his girlfriend is also his cousin and she's 5 years older... He came out of the bathroom with his swimsuit and told me he needed me to put on his trunks. "Why?" I asked. "Are you worried that girlfriend will see your penis?" "No," he says. "I'm worried she'll see my cute booty." Nice. He already thinks he's *all that* Wonder where he got that idea?!
Lately, I've been seeing green. Not good-for-the-planet green, either. For two weeks I've been reading pre-BlogHer bluster and post-BlogHer highlights. And I'm jealous that I missed it. Here's why. Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Leading Mama
Want to know WHY I love lists? Read Ten Reasons to Write Lists on my new blog The Psychologist Next Door. Then, tell me how lists make your life better. This post inspired by a prompt from Mama Kat "5.)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Leading Mama
Just a short, super-sweet post to share baby pics today because I'm linking up with Shell for Rock the Baby! Take a trip with me down memory lane... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Leading Mama
How do I love thee, Pokemon? Let me count the ways. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2011 at Leading Mama
As a military spouse, I'm sometimes rankled by rank. Here's why. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2011 at Leading Mama If you make this without the coconut milk and chickpeas, it is pretty traditional aloo gobi. You can also sub yogurt for the coconut milk for less fat (but less creamy)
Glad your hubby is home. Mine has done 3 tours in Afghanistan and 1 in Iraq since 2005. I think we pay a lot of lip service to military service, but most Americans don't have personal contact or experience with it. Not that I am wishing for a world war. Definitely not. But empathy is good.
I'll add you to the list for consideration, Nicole. I am *not* just looking for blogs about military life. In fact, I'd like to showcase the range of things spouses blog about. We're more than milspouses, after all.
It's been ages since I joined in on the Milspouse Friday Fill-In over at Wife of a Sailor. This week's questions are super interesting. Can't wait to read other milspouse's responses! Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Leading Mama
I shouldn't have to supplement a kid's "meal" with protein and veggies from my own meal to anchor the pyramid, round out the rainbow, or balance the plate. In this edition of Sunday Soapbox, I take issue with kids' menu options. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Leading Mama
Anthony Weiner got a lot of press this week and I’m sure he will get lots of advice. Political consultants will tell him what to say and when to say it. Armchair psychologists will suggest he suffers from sexual addiction. Today, I offer a woman’s point of view. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Leading Mama
Sometimes, cultural expectations sneak up on me, like a stink bug that sneaks into my shoe while I'm not looking. Here's one example. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2011 at Leading Mama
It's only six words. Read it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at Leading Mama
I try pretty hard to take a “you raise your kids, I’ll raise mine” approach to parenting. But today, I can’t help but ask other mothers to “mom up” already. In this edition of Sunday Soapbox, I offer four rules for field-trip chaperones. Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2011 at Leading Mama
I never got in really big trouble as a kid, but that doesn't mean I didn't deserve it. Forthrightness was not my strong suit. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Leading Mama
I live in New Jersey, where state laws forbid the sale of unpasteurized milk. Milk-trafficking by small-scale farmers is getting national attention. Here's what I think. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2011 at Leading Mama
Grandparents get a short shrift in our society. Maybe it's because they move slowly. Maybe it's because we're too future-focused. Maybe it's because they aren't on Twitter (unless your grandma is Betty White). Today, I give you 10 Things about My Grandpa. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Leading Mama
Wow! He truly asked to buy food stamps? Now that's obnoxious. I realize people scam the system, because I see advertisements selling huge amounts of infant formula on craigslist. This is fraud and it is wrong. That said, most people who need and receive food aid are honest individuals. It's a shame to judge someone before we really know them, but it happens all the time. I am a military mom and wife of a Colonel. I know many of our young enlisted troops with families receive food stamps. It makes me sad that military pay isn't sufficient for raising a family, but that is the way it is.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on Hello, ego. Goodbye, stereotype. at Leading Mama
Yes, one of the benefits of parenthood is that it humbles you a little and reminds you just how hard life can be. No matter what your circumstances, life has ups and downs. And we all deal with them as best we can.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on Hello, ego. Goodbye, stereotype. at Leading Mama
I just kept thinking that I would have felt about 2 inches tall if I was, in fact, paying with WIC and was called out on it for no reason.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2011 on Hello, ego. Goodbye, stereotype. at Leading Mama
Today I'm taking a minute to Pour my Heart Out about a lesson I learned last week at the grocery store. I'll warn you up front, it wasn't pretty. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Leading Mama