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 are adults and the grandchildren are coming, and we have …

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 decipher their words. But as they grew older I slowly …

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 received a copy of Alcatraz’s rules and regulations. It is …

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 gifts being showered upon you? The reality is I wanted …

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 to leave for school, she would linger behind, searching for …

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 heart, sending my stomach in a kind of butterfly somersault …

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