How to Say I’m Sorry

From time to time we have all experienced being hurt or hurting someone. It is inevitable children will cause some kind of physical harm or hurt someone’s feelings. It’s part of growing up. What isn’t always taught is how to truly apologize. Every parent has good intentions when asking their children to say: “I’m sorry” Read More…

Planning Predictable Parenting Policy

The lack of professionalism and true leadership qualities during this election cycle makes me question, what happened to dependability, integrity, and accountability (to name a few)? This thought process lead me to reflect on how I influence my children through the leadership choices I make in guiding them to adulthood. As parents, we know how Read More…

Vowing Teamwork

Weddings and anniversaries are great opportunities to teach children about marriage, commitment, and the many ways a family can be defined. More than anything, children want to “belong.” Often, a child’s first sense of belonging is in a family. “Belonging” has an individual responsibility to honor the collective connection in a marriage, family or team Read More…

Mom-isms

As a seasoned Mom of four, certain phrases come in handy for those “deep sigh” moments, repeated often. I tenderly call these “Mom-isms” (or “-isms” for short). I recall how annoyed I was at hearing my parents repeat phrases over and over to me as a kid and SWORE I would utter these phrases from Read More…

Summer Doldrums

“I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in awhile – that’s how they learn to be creative.” – Kim Raver Summer doldrums may be taking a toll, possibly tempting kids to say, “I’m bored!” I hope my kids utter this phase over the summer for two reasons. First, it helps validate that Read More…

A Family Digital Diet

How should we manage kids and technology? How much time should kids spend on media like computers, smart devices, and video games? When does it enhance their experiences and when does it detract from it? There are no easy answers. Every family and individual is different and we have to choose the best fit based Read More…

Spring Clean – Choose Chores!

Spring is in the air! It is a perfect opportunity to engage little ones in spring-cleaning. Seems easy. Right? If your family is anything like ours, I more often elected to do the work myself… and it pains me to admit to that choice! It was easier, faster, and alleviated me from being frustrated in Read More…

STP = Solve the Problem, teaching life skills

The evolution of my own parenting style had drastically morphed from my first child to being a parent of four. There are days I wished my “older self” could go back to my “younger self” and advise the “younger me” of the unintended consequences of common modern parental tendencies. An example is overly helping vs. Read More…

Mindful Expressions of Love

The theme of the month tends to feature expressing our love. “The 5 Language of Love” is a great resource for any close relationship, including children. The book summarizes five love expressions: Physical: like hugs and kisses Words: like saying “I love you” Experiences: like going to the movies or hiking together Objects: like jewelry Read More…