We all want our children to be accepted and liked by other children. No one wants their child to be the one everyone stares at, whispers about, ignores, or even laughs at. I believe we also all want our children to know how to treat that child who is different.
This article was originally published on December 31, 2013. I grew up thinking that the mandatory requirement of New Year’s Day was to create a long list of resolutions. So I did. And I still do. (Because it’s a habit…and because it’s fun.) But what I’ve come to learn over the past few years […]
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them. –Richard L. Evans (Click for printable version.)
A trusted friend once told me, “In motherhood, the hard moments sometimes outnumber the beautiful moments, but the beautiful moments always outweigh the hard moments.” I have developed a few strategies to give the perfect moments in motherhood even more weight so they can anchor me through the hard times.
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.
Attentive listening is arguably the supreme gift we can give children of any age, but especially our teenagers. And the big bonus is that it doesn’t cost a cent.
How do we handle the hyped-up but somewhat meaningless holiday of Halloween? Saren shares what works for her family when it comes to costumes, pumpkins, sugar, parties, and scary but not-too-scary books and movies.
Consider what your end goal for this holiday season is. Write it down, and start working backwards!
Last year we had a do-it-yourself Halloween. By that, I don’t mean that I got all crafty with Pinterest-inspired stuff. I mean the kids did it THEMSELVES. And it worked out just great. We’re going for the same approach this year!
I was tucking my older daughter into bed when she said to me, “I wish I could have met Grandma Valentine.” I told her I wish she had too.
Recently I joined a Facebook group designed to help its members realize their goals. I struggled to set a goal that seemed significant enough, but I learned that maybe I didn’t need to.