I love my kids and I love spending time as a loud and crazy family, but I also have a need for some peace and quiet to stay sane. The winter, spring, and summer breaks from school are especially challenging times to find space for silence.
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I believe that making our ancestors come alive to our children has power. They will feel they are part of something bigger. They will feel secure when their own lives get crazy and when bad things happen in the world. They will feel confident that they can succeed.
One year in early March, my three oldest boys voluntarily decided to do a No Sugar Challenge until Easter. We were shocked. Teachers and coaches kept asking if they were doing it for Lent.
As I look through the pages of our Family Journal, I feel some grief over the lost time and the gaps between entries, but I have to put the lost months and time behind me and be okay with starting again, right where we are at.
When you envision a trip to an art museum with your kids, does your blood pressure rise, imagining their little hands touching the precious, priceless art objects? Taking your kids to an art museum doesn’t have to end with the museum guards kicking your family out the door!
It’s a wonderful feeling to find a tribe in such an unlikely place. Sure, I love libraries because of free books and quiet corners, but the story time group is one of my favorite communities.
Our children internalize their experiences and create self-dialogue. Are they learning to hate themselves through comparisons, feelings of inadequacy, or others’ negative opinions? Or are they learning to love themselves with grace and acceptance? Incorporating these three exercises into their days will empower them to be mentally healthy.
Do you believe that you need something more than you have to be happy? You need to lose more weight, get a promotion, or take a better vacation? If you’re looking to stop basing your happiness in a hypothetical future and start soaking it up now, the key is gratitude.
Are you overwhelmed by Christmas Craziness? Just for fun, since none of us needed to sleep during the month of December anyway, Allyson Reynolds takes at look at a few of the things many of us feel like we want or should do during the Christmas season (and then she talks reality after).
Here’s the sad truth: my husband and I are horrible about getting out on dates together. I could list off a number of reasons why (we’ve moved a lot over the years, we rarely live by family…), but the real reason is that we haven’t made it a priority. It’s time to change that! I’m so […]
Every year our family does the 12 Days of Christmas. We choose a family that is in need of some added Christmas cheer and we secretly deliver gifts every night before Christmas.As much as I love this tradition, and highly recommend it to your family, I really want to add more giving in simple ways to our Christmas season.
When my oldest turned 9 and we began to struggle to get along, I thought back to when I was her age and tried to remember what I felt then. And then I began to consciously tell her my stories.