Tonight my three-year-old and I had a little stand-off. He wanted to wear his brother’s roller skates (instead of his own), and he thought that kicking, screaming, hitting, and biting would do the trick. Dinner was on the stove, my husband was delayed getting home from work, I’d just had a full afternoon of unproductive […]
In our fast-paced, technology-driven society, mealtimes present a rare opportunity to spend a few screen-free moments with your family. I decided that I wasn’t willing to sacrifice this precious time together because of food battles and instead chose to focus on the quality of our interactions around the table.
Slowing down the pace of life allows us to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. A life less hurried is a life more sweetly savored.
Do you have trouble motivating your kids to do their share around the house? Check out these five very practical tips from parenting expert Amy McCready to help you get your family routines back on track.
In the spirit of encouraging growth and freedom, I’ve made a list of things I will not fix for my kids this summer…
My children feel the influence of my own mother’s patience, love and sacrifice, through my best attempts to emulate her. Her influence continually fills our hearts with love.
It is OK to struggle; everybody does. It is what we do as a result of the challenge that matters. Will we learn from it or allow it to defeat us?
At my first set of student-teacher conferences, I was taken aback when an Indian mother turned to me and said, “Please be stricter with my son. he needs a firm hand, and he needs to take his studies much more seriously.” I had thought her son was doing just fine, but she clearly thought he could do much better.
It’s great to plan a family trip when everything goes well and everyone has a good time, but when things start to fall apart, it becomes an adventure! “Our trip became one of the weaving moments of the fabric of our family, and hopefully we taught our children that when it rains, you sing.”
In an ideal world, parents would ALWAYS be on the same page, and working together would be a cinch. But getting ourselves in alignment requires the application of a variety of principles, which are not always easy to figure out. Eric and April Perry are starting the conversation here about how to develop a strong family culture TOGETHER.
It is possible to take a new look at failure and find the victories and celebrations hidden inside. We can choose to see failure not as the outcome we anticipated, but instead as the sum total of who we are as mothers.
I was recently with a group of my trusted friends when I sheepishly admitted that I don’t like playing with my kids. Fortunately, they had lots of good ideas of ways to make play more natural and enjoyable for me as a mother.