Life is full of ups and downs. Some days, we are able to stick to the best choices for ourselves. And other days, we are muddling through and hoping for the best. Both days count towards your goals. This journey is not about perfection; it’s about making progress toward your goals. Sometimes, my progress is […]
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Be available. Make sure that you have time to talk with your kids. If they ask something that needs time, make the time. Schedule a special time to talk, go out to eat or talk a walk together. These conversations matter. If they don’t get the information from you, they’ll get it somewhere.
My son started playing games around three years old. We started simply with Tic-Tac-Toe and memory match. It wasn’t long before he was beating me at memory on a regular basis. We progressed to Candyland quickly and learned colors. Then came Chutes and Ladders and counting spaces.
Don’t plan to opt out of all holiday activities simply because your children are away. Plan to be part of a larger celebration with friends or other family members. Visit your place of worship. Attend that party. Wear that ugly Christmas sweater. Put out milk and cookies for Santa. Exchange Valentine’s Day notes with your […]
Divorce doesn’t ever go away. Somehow, though, while we sift through our own feelings, we have to find a way to effectively co-parent our children with someone who may, at times, feel like our greatest enemy.
At about age five, my son started showing an interest in football. At that point, I was against it. What changed my mind? Education. Instead of researching car seat safety, I was researching helmet technology and fitting guidelines.
I’m closing in on 40. I have long believed that the 30’s are the best decade, but am starting to wonder if my 40’s may be even better. The longer I live, the less I care about what others think of me, and I care more about how I feel about myself. I feel like […]
One of the most fascinating places in town to shop is the Dollar Tree. With an ever-changing rotation of items, you never know exactly what – or who – you’ll see there. Sure, the floors may be a little dirty in spots and the product displays lacking originality, but there really are a lot of […]
My son has a considerable mass of stuffed animals. The majority of them have names, personalities and voices. They have been to parties, on spy missions, and many sleepovers. Some even have changeable superhero outfits. We keep a collapsible hamper in my son’s closet where most of these live, except for the extra large great […]
Grief is never an easy subject, and it is not a comfortable topic of discussion for most adults. Sadly, it is a subject that my nine year son is all too familiar with. During 2016, he experienced the lost of our beloved family dog, Duke as well as the death of a friend from his football […]