Do you ever wonder why one child comes unglued if you get mad at them while your other could care less? This is a fantastic book that helps you understand different personalities–first and foremost, your own. By taking a short quiz at the beginning, you find out what “color” you are: red, blue, white or yellow. The main distinguishing factor between the colors is what motivates you. Reds are…
Recently, while with a couple of my kids, we saw a mother, father, grandfather and six children walking by us. With large opened eyes, and a slightly louder-than-it-should-be voice, my six-year-old, Ellie, announced, “Wow. That is a lot of people.” I started to tell Ellie it is only one more (child) than our family […]
Earth Day is April 22, 2011. Here are some great ideas for your family to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference by caring for our world: Clean up garbage at a park or in your neighborhood. Ride your bike or walk wherever you go. Plant a tree or start your garden. Make a pinecone […]
Recently, while sitting with a group of women learning from each other, one mother described how she spent an hour or so playing ‘Zoo’ with her children. She was actually down on the floor playing with them complete with animal sounds and gestures! I was touched by her sincerity and emotion as she described the […]
It’s confession time: I have a shopping problem. While my husband might be tempted to tell you the problem is spending too much money (which maybe it is sometimes), the real problem is that I’m not investing money in things that will last me a long time.
June Cleaver has been the butt of many jokes over the years. She became the quintessential mother during the postwar era, donning pearls and heels on an ordinary day while dishing up moral guidance and comfort alongside her hearty and well balanced five o’clock dinner. For whatever reason, she came to represent all things good and […]
In 1984, my mom died. She was 50 and I was 19. She had breast cancer. Let me back up a minute to tell you why she died. We were a bohemian, hippie family living in Topanga, California. We were vegans (that included no white sugar or white flour) and only organic food. We […]
I believe that I can learn from anyone, even if I don’t agree with them, particularly if they share their successes and failures in achieving something. Amy Chua does just that in her book as she recounts how she helped her children become great musicians.
So often these days, every kid gets a trophy just for playing on a team and standouts are not recognized very often for going that extra mile. Do you think, if you dig deep down, the blame for this should be traced back to our moms (in the end, isn’t every thing always blamed on the moms anyway — smirk)?
To listen to this post rather than reading it, click here. Did I really just type that title? Aren’t we supposed to keep trying and never give up? The younger, more optimistic version of me would be appalled that I now view giving up as a viable strategy. It’s not that I’m jaded now. It’s […]
It doesn’t involve lasers, chemicals, pills, or suction, you don’t have to make an appointment with a professional, there are no unpleasant side effects, and best of all? It’s free! In fact, this makeover can be done right in the privacy of your very own home, any day of the week, whenever you need it. […]
Today I signed my youngest child up for pre-school next year. Being new to the area, I chose a school based on proximity and the recommendations of two moms I know and trust. That’s pretty much it. I didn’t investigate other schools in the area and grill them on their educational style and philosophy, nor […]