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
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
Making wise choices comes about from experiences and practice as well as maturation. In any situation, children see what they are focusing on. It is only with growth and lessons learned that they begin to realize that there are consequences to every action. They are usually as surprised as anyone else when things don't go … Continue reading What Were You THINKING!?!
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 Mom was … Continue reading Miss Misunderstood- an unpublished new story
Worry, doubt, fear, sadness and poor self esteem don’t belong in children. Adults either. But we expect children to be happy and playful and full of joy. How do they take on so much negativity at such a young age? Although it is assumed that traumatic experiences are the cause, more often than not, it … Continue reading 10 Ways to Help Children Face Negative Emotions and Find Happiness
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!