‘Tis the season for sending kids off to college. Families are packing their cars to the brim, then having tearful goodbyes (mostly from the parents) as they send their children off into almost-adulthood. Congratulations, your job as a parent is now done! Uh, not so fast. This is what a friend of mine recently said… More When Does Parenting Really End?
She says: Depending on the age of your child, a summer job might be watering the garden or if they are a teenager, it could be working outside the home. Our kids have always had chores but this is the first time they’ve had summer jobs, working for other people. Boy, has it been interesting!… More The Perks of a Summer Job
She says: When our kids were younger and they’d get all snippy with each other or with us, I’d pull out my mantra: “Anything you have to say, can either be said in a kind way or in a mean way. You’re more likely to get what you want when you say things kindly.” I firmly… More Watch What You Say
It’s the same routine every day. Grant, my youngest, comes home from school, gives me a quick hug, drops his backpack on the floor with a thud, strips off his jacket and shirt to admire his toned abs (have they changed since this morning?), then stands in front of the fridge and freezer, holding both… More Love it or Hate it – Which to Choose
She says: You know how you hear stories of parents who do unspeakably bad things to children and you think “I could never do that!”? And then you hear stories of amazing parents who adore their kids, go through tremendous hardships with them and still manage to have the grace to parent beautifully and successfully… More If Only I Was a Saint
She says: The holidays have passed, with all the joys and pressures…just to bring us to another holiday that brings stress and pressure (and maybe joy), Valentine’s Day. Now I know that as a grown woman who has been married a long time, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a big deal. But I have to admit,… More Re-defining Valentine’s Day
She says: We’ve been married a long time. A. Long. Time. Recently, one of our daughters, who has been dating a guy for about two years, asked me if men change much after they get married. This was the first time she had asked me for my words of wisdom in the love arena and… More Love Lessons Learned