One of the best ways I’ve found to maximize time with my children, make them feel loved, help them become smarter, develop their vocabulary, raise them to be empathetic with high emotional intelligence–all while I get to crash on the couch–is reading aloud.
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Is one of your children about to start their senior year? Are they preparing to fly the coop to discover a new world? It is times like these that we wonder if we, as mothers, have done all we can to help them prepare. Have we cherished precious family time together? Join author Julia Jacobsen as she offers sound advice of things we can do as families to make the most of each moment.
Gathering the family together at the table and feeding them can bring a whole host of challenges, but also a whole lot of opportunities to learn and connect. Three authors share some of what they’ve learned in getting dinner and family to the table.
When bedtime didn’t go as planned, I found a way to show my son that I don’t just love him, I enjoy him too.
As busy parents it is easy to overlook the gift of time we can give our kids. With so many needs to be met, we felt like we were always in triage mode and missing the chance to enjoy our children, until we instituted a policy of one-on-one time.
Upon seeing my girls, many people have the same reaction. “What pretty little girls!” or “I love your fancy dress!” There is nothing innately wrong with these expressions. But what is the long-term consequence on little girls when the first thing anyone says to them is about how they look.
There are so many ways to celebrate the loves in our lives on and around February 14. We get to create that love and those traditions in our families. So whether it’s with candlelit dinners, “heart attacks,” special breakfasts, or trinkets from the dollar store, look for ways to love.
Creating a marriage that leaves you feeling twitterpated at the end of each day doesn’t happen automatically–especially when you have children, but here are seven ideas that have helped me to savor the opportunity I have to live with my Prince Charming!
I’ve pretty much been all the moms: the teenage mom, the mid-20’s mom, the “mature” mom, the single mom, the married mom, the stay-at-home mom, the working mom, etc. And I have learned many valuable lessons through all of these experiences. Here are some of the best.
For a teenager, its just not “cool” to ask mommy for a hug when you’re sad, or to demand attention for a job well done by incessantly chanting, “look, look, look mommy, look!” (Which works, right?) So, how do we show teenagers love in a way they can receive?
Messages in the media can be both inspiring and harmful. It’s important children recognize the difference and become experts in deconstructing these ideas so they can avoid unrealistic goals or expectations often showcased in various media.
What should we do if we or our loved ones are spending too much time on our devices? In this audio post, Andrea Davis shares five strategies to help our families fight technology addiction. Listen in for some practical ideas that can help!