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.
Posts in the "Teaching Values/Character" category:
How My Kids Did No Sugar
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.
Haunted by Embarrassment
None of us has this life perfectly figured out, and there will be pain and embarrassment along the way for all of us. But as a mom, I feel responsible for helping my daughter develop healthy coping skills for the stress, setbacks, and disappointments of life.
Intellectually, I am deeply grateful for the mistakes and failures I’ve experienced. They have taught me much more than my successes and good fortune. But instinctually, I am ashamed of them, and often don’t try something for fear of failure.
Anxiety on the Sidelines
“Mom, I feel sick,” my 10-year-old daughter says, as she clutches her tummy on the sidelines before a big soccer game. She is sick, but she is not ill. Her tummy is churning with nervous energy; worry and anticipation are gnawing at her mind.
Changed by Motherhood
Growing up, I never thought that I had the confidence to be a teacher. Back in college, my biggest concern was getting good grades. I took what I thought was the easy way out and decided to work in an office. But then something happened. Motherhood changed me.
How to Get Your Child to Stop Lying
Oftentimes, children with ADHD make impulsive or distracted decisions (cutting hair, reading a book instead of brushing teeth, etc.). Once they realize what they’ve done, they immediately regret their decision. They don’t know what to do to make it right, so they end up telling a lie.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness: A New Family Tradition
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.
Will My Teenager Be Ready for Adulthood?
I want to give my teenagers a voice of encouragement that, yes, they can do things on their own!
Audio Post: Landing Gratitude | Gratitude Matters | Attitude of Gratitude [Season 4: Episode 16]
In a month when we try extra hard to remember to be grateful, here are three moms’ ideas for how and why gratitude itself actually blesses our lives.
Make a Difference Challenge: Simple Kindness
Here’s a challenge-inspired by Saren Loosli’s video on after-school routines. Everyday after school, Saren asks her five children two important questions: “What did you learn today?” and “What did you to do help someone?” I know the importance of making a difference through simple, random acts of kindness. So often when we think of making […]
10 Benefits of the “Make My Schedule” Project
Before my first day of school as a mom, I loved mornings. Yet once I had school-aged children, things changed. Little did I know that my mornings would look nothing like the sitcoms. One day the solution came to me. We would create a morning schedule. And it worked!
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