Category: Family

12 Ways to Be a Better Parent

When we first started our family I was dabbling in Family Science as a major because I wanted to be a better parent. As the years went on I adding to our parenting library, and collected advice from those when “knew” what they were doing. 28 years later our kids …

How to Listen with a Compassionate Heart

When I was a young mom, I thought I knew how to listen with a compassionate heart. I had become an expert at listening to what my little ones were trying to say. Watching clues like their body language, the context of an activity, and my intuition all helped me …

Why Family Traditions are Proven to be so Valuable

When I think of family traditions, the movie “Fiddler on the Roof” is the first to come to mind. Growing up, it was one of my dad’s favorite movies and plays. I remember him singing the Tradition song all around the house. Waving his hands and doing the fiddler jig — …

7 Things All Kids are Entitled to

Years ago I visited the historic island of Alcatraz with my sister. From 1934-1963 it was used as a maximum security Federal prison. It was fascinating to see the actual cells where some of the most ruthless and notorious criminals had lived. As each prisoner arrived at the facility, they …

Small and Simple Ways to Grow Faith in Your Family

Wouldn’t it be great if we could see into the future and live today with the added benefit of our experience a few years down the line?  It would be so much easier to teach our families if we had the foresight to know what would work. It’s hard not to …

Why Mother’s Day Can Be Different This Year

Does Mother’s Day fill you with dread or a sense of contentment? Years ago, I decided Mother’s Day was not one of my favorite holidays. Do I sound strange?  My husband was baffled. What’s not to love about breakfast in bed, a day off from dishes, with hugs, kisses, and …

Preparing to Launch: As the Last One Leaves the Nest

Preparing to become empty nesters has been an interesting journey. Much like bringing children into this world, the emotions range from joy to dread of the unknown. As our last one leaves the nest we’ve done a lot of reflecting on what it has meant to be parents. It was …

How to Parent Emotionally Intelligent Children

We’ve all got our stories. Those moments where we wonder how do I help my child process these emotions? Or maybe we wonder how do we get past this growing pain. How do we parent emotionally intelligent kids? It had become a common occurrence. Every. Morning. When it was time …

What I learned as I Muddled through Motherhood

As a parent, we’ve all felt inadequate at some point in time.  We muddle along in a half daze improvising and making do with what we know and have learned along the way.  Sometimes it feels as if we are making a bigger mess of things because there is no …

My Marriage’s Most Meaningful Lessons

Have you ever wondered what makes a good marriage great? My marriage’s most meaningful lessons have taught me skills and given me insights I might not have learned any other way. I can still see him now. He is walking towards me. His eyes are smiling straight through to my …