Thank you. Two words that we are asked to mimic as young children when our parents teach us manners, as they teach us to be grateful… however as with many phrases sometimes when used too much it can become meaningless. But think of what “thank you” really means. It isn’t some simple phrase we should … More The Importance of Teaching Gratitude
Summer is here!!! I love summer. My kids schedules get more relaxed and as a result we all relax a bit. But it is easy for the summer to fly by with nothing accomplished. Yes accomplished. Things can be done in the summer to to make it productive but the focus has to be on … More Tips to Making it a Fun & Productive Summer
If you ask my children what saying they associate with me, their mother, they would with out a doubt say, “it is good to want things.” There have even been jokes as to how it would appear on my tombstone. As a matter of fact, when I told one of daughters I was writing this … More It is Good to Want Things
This year will mark the 10 year anniversary of the worst birthday I have ever experienced. See, I was born on August 17th and just 4 days earlier I had given birth to my 3rd baby girl. I had eagerly waited her arrival as all mom’s do. I was so calm about my birth because … More When A Charity Becomes Personal: My Worst Birthday EVER.
So the world has evolved to one of golden stars and treasure chests. The idea is pretty simple… The child does well and performs the tasks that they are asked to perform, and they are then rewarded. The sad truth is, life isn’t like that! No one gives us prizes or gold stars for paying … More Rewarding Positive Behavior May Give You Negative Results
Siblings love each other, they hate each other, they hate to love each other, they love to hate each other but here is the truth, they are STUCK with each other. So I get a text from my sister-in-law asking for tips on how to stop the kids from fighting, but here is the thing…you … More Tips to Minimize Your Kids’ Fighting
Your siblings are your constant. They are that friend you may not want, but you know you need. But more importantly they are your memory keepers. My children (and obviously my stepchildren) are survivors of divorce. They travel back and forth from house to house, and have had to deal with their parents dating and … More The Memory Keepers