Overwhelmed by too much to do? Iâ€™m learning that how I start the day makes all the difference. I was listening to a conference speaker talk on the subject of survival skills last week and got a surprising dose of recommendations for how to start the day. I wanted to…View More Daily Structure
Events in our nationâ€™s Capitol have served up a turkey for Christmas this year. Pundits are offering suggestions for how to survive family dinner conversations that venture into the emotional waters of politics and religion. I am reminded of the great lengths to which some political leaders will go in…View More Merry Christmas?
We watched Tom Hanksâ€™ masterful portrayal of 6th cousin Fred Rogers on the big screen this past week. This break from superheroes and fast pace action movies provided a much appreciated break to my soul. Fred Rogers touched everyone he encountered, which made a wonderful storyline for the movie about…View More Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
The term â€œsandwich generationâ€ applies to those of us who have kids as well as parents who need us from time to time. As our children get older and need us less often, our parents can begin to need us more often as their bodies and minds falter. Maybe this…View More Parenting Parents
This week marks 14 years of publishing tips and helps in weekly articles here. I appreciate the opportunity to think out loud and help other families at the same time! Over these 14 years and the dozen years ahead of that, Iâ€™ve tried to focus on anything that could connect…View More I’ll Try Anything
Iâ€™m reflecting this morning on the words to say for a person at their funeral who died last week. She was just a few years older than me. Is this how many years I have left? Or will I live to be 90, as my parents have done? I was…View More What’s Next for Me?
Since I was 12 years old itâ€™s been called Memorial Day. Decoration Day, as it was originally known, was first observed to decorate the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who died in Americaâ€™s Civil War. Over time the decorating expanded to honor those who gave their lives during other…View More And They Died for This?
Gertrude Teague was my neighborhood momma. As summer days dawned, I would go with my friend Randy to the creek or to the top of a tree in the neighborhood or somewhere–anywhere Randy wanted to go, to be honestâ€”because we would find a way to â€œgo.â€ As our stomachs began…View More Good, Good Friends
I had a strong memory of one of my many parenting mistakes rekindled this week while driving my grandchildren to the local store to shop. Iâ€™m sure my children also have strong memories of this particular mistake because it was the one and only time I was ever stopped by…View More Parenting Your Grandchildren
I recently attended a refresher training in Denver with the Love and Logic people who have been training for over 40 years. One of the questions that drove me to seek further training was how to intervene when dealing with kids who have experienced severe trauma. I remember being in…View More Consistent Friendly Intervention