The Child’s Love of the Adult

(ROCKWALL, TX – June 16, 2015) In my kitchen at the back of the drawer that holds the hot pads, is a green oven mitt.  Worn, with a few holes in it, the mitt is visible every time I open the drawer.  Its mate, regrettably, was lost in a move.  The mitt’s been around for […]

Yakety yak, don’t talk back…

(May 22, 2014) “You can’t talk to me that way, young man!” As the words came out of her mouth, Jane realized she was falling into the same trap…again.  But how much can one take of, “You can’t make me!” The trap?  You can’t get rid of disrespect with disrespect.  You have to use respect […]

Tips for helping toddlers transition

(January 1, 2014) “But, Daddy, I don’t want to go!” Moving from one event to another are difficult parenting and teaching situations.  Our children are involved and concentrating on an activity, then life gets in the way.  It’s bath time.  It’s bed time.  Preschool is over.  Daycare is closing. It’s time to get in the […]

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, Judy, phoned me, near tears, about this conversation.   Judy’s concern was that Tommy had forgotten something as seemingly simple as the three letters in Tom. […]

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 for serious merriment is the drama box. Our drama box began with remnants of Halloween costumes, old dress shoes (cowboy boots and red sparkle heels!), […]

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 by having a special art box organized and ready to pull out on short notice.  For a small investment, about the cost of taking four […]

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 of my friends when I was ten years old received a new Monopoly game as a gift.  Over the next year it sat on her […]

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.  During my honeymoon year I found that by ten o’clock in the morning I was nauseous and sweating.  After weeks of these episodes, off I […]

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 of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It promotes bone mineralization in concert […]

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 Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss.  The book, Baby Steps, figures prominently in the plot.  Baby Steps outlines Dr. Leo Marvin’s (Dreyfuss) therapy to help his […]

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