Parenting

Teachable Moments

How can I motivate my teenager to get up, work hard and accomplish great things? I hear parents lament that their teen is only interested in video games, eating and sleeping. When is the time right for that little talk about independent living and self-sufficiency? A teachable moment occurs when your child is as interested…

Character

Waiting Patiently

When will we get to play sports? How long do we have to wear these masks? When can things at school be back to normal? If you are hearing these questions these days, you might have an impatient child on your hands. We all want things to be different than they are right now. We…

Skills

Are You There?

It isn’t unusual to see a parent and child walking down the street together. Just yesterday I watched a young mom walk beside her 4-year-old, not needing to hold hands because the child seemed emotionally tethered enough to stay close. Mom’s feet were actually in the street. She only seemed concerned that her son’s feet…

Parenting

Mitigating Risk

My cousin has always been a great source for random news. She won the prize this morning with a link to Yellowstone National Park’s Facebook page describing a woman who refused treatment after being knocked squarely on her rear by a bison that she foolishly approached. Our National Parks are full of dangers that city…