How many times a day do you think you make a choice? Depending on your outlook you may think it is a lot, or none at all, being assured that others make the decisions for you. We all make choices from an extra 10 minutes of sleep, to grabbing an umbrella, or washing the coffee … Continue reading Take the Easy Route
I do not remember thinking meals in our house were anything spectacular during childhood. We ate chicken a lot, always vegetables and usually a salad. Weekends were pot roast and vegetables and very occasionally a steak. Mother was good at casseroles as well. Dessert was rare. After all, on shopping day a pack of Oreos … Continue reading If We were Having Dessert, Now is the Time We Would Have it
A cancer experience has taken hold of consciousness for a bit and so I am going to roll with it and stay in the moment with my thoughts. I do believe that this is not so much a divergence from previous topics, but a different route to the care and loving of the children in our … Continue reading Divergence in Blogging
Today I am borrowing from a much wiser and well known writer to help convey an important parenting concept. If like me, you grew up hearing "Do as I say not as I do," and tried that as a way of parenting, you probably have already discovered that it doesn't work. Integrity is a much … Continue reading Model What You Want Them To Be
Can your kids be quiet and be IN quiet without getting antsy? One kid very dear to my heart has a hard time in the car with nothing to do. "I'm bored! There is nothing to do!" is a constant complaint. My response, "We are doing something, we are having a conversation," for some reason has no … Continue reading Kids Can Follow the Mindful Path to Peace and Joy
Earlier this week I blogged “What were you THINKING!?!”, concerning adult reaction when older children make poor decisions. A news report concerning adolescents taking selfies on active railroad tracks, encouraged me to continue on this topic. In the last year over 500 deaths on railroad tracks have been reported. One of the issues is the … Continue reading Following the Adolescent Mind
The day had seemed long when Gabby opened the back door to the kitchen. It wasn’t that she felt sad, more like empty. Unsure of why she felt this way, she knew she felt like she needed a hug, a tight one, one that said, “You are all right the way you are.” Mom was … Continue reading Miss Misunderstood- an unpublished new story
In the 90s as a middle school teacher, I assisted a bit in the production, as much as my talents allowed, of the play version of Marlo Thomas and friends’, “Free to Be You and Me “. I remember that the kids really enjoyed it as did I. Listening to sound bites of the songs … Continue reading Fearlessly Free to Be You and Me
Facilitating learning of many aspects of life is in a parent’s hands whether they choose for it to be or not. Some know exactly how they want their kids to be and others feel ill equipped for the responsibility. With the many influences available for children, preparing them, and not overprotecting them can be daunting. … Continue reading I Didn’t Know What To Do!
What parent likes to heart those infamous words, “I am bored!” None that I know of as it usually is the precursor to whining and complaining and a need to be entertained. Boredom comes with the belief that children always need to be doing something. Sayings like “An idle mind is the devil’s playground”, has … Continue reading Too Much Boredom!