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Relight the candle

Relight the candle

Five-year-old Tommy walked over to his mother, Judy. ‘Write my name for me, Mommy.” “Tommy, you know how to write your name.” “But I don’t ‘member,” he said. Tommy’s mother,…

Add a little drama

Add a little drama

May 27, 2013 – Summer is just about upon us and ideas for vacation fun can start to run low after a couple of weeks. One of our perennial favorites…

Pull an art box out of your art

Pull an art box out of your art

May 27, 2013 –  “I’m so bored.  There’s nothing to do.”  The-Rainy-Day-It’s-Too-Hot-Summer-Blahs.  Every year the blahs hit, and every year parents and grandparents wish they were more prepared. Get ready…

Better trickles down

Better trickles down

(March 10, 2013) As we learn and grow interesting events occur.  Others around us grow and learn.  We position ourselves to help others through our newfound knowledge and skills. One…

Avoid the Sugar Blues

Avoid the Sugar Blues

(March 15, 2013) When we first got married, my husband’s habit was to drink a 16-ounce glass of orange juice for breakfast.  To that we added pancakes with maple syrup. …

Let the sunshine in

Let the sunshine in

(March 15, 2013) How much of the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D3, do we need to maintain optimum health? The major biological function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels…

When life seems out of control, take baby steps

When life seems out of control, take baby steps

(December 3, 2012) One of my go-to comedies, a movie that never fails to make me laugh and always helps me have an attitude adjustment, is What About Bob? with…

When we belong, we’re important

When we belong, we’re important

October 17, 2012 – We all need to feel like we belong.  And the most important place we need to feel like we belong is in our families.   It is…

Why it’s important to establish routines with children

Why it’s important to establish routines with children

August 14, 2012 – Establishing routines with our children is an effective and powerful way to set boundaries.  Setting limits helps our children feel safe, and allows them the freedom…

How setting limits creates freedom, allows creativity

How setting limits creates freedom, allows creativity

At a neighborhood coffee, Cheryl announced that she had stopped eating sugar.  Several women gasped at the thought. “But that’s so limiting,” said one. Cheryl smiled and said, “Actually I…