Presence is Better Than Presents Every Time

We raised four happy, healthy, well-adjusted, loving, and successful children without any of the following:

Cable television
A trip to Disneyland
Buying them a car
Paying for their cellphones
Taking them on a cruise
Dressing them in designer clothes and shoes

Losing Builds Character

Few things make me more frustrated than participation ribbons or awards when it comes to kids and sports or other competitions. Kids need to know that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and that both are just fine. Kids need to know that sometimes they don’t deserve to win—that they aren’t the best and that their efforts weren’t as effort-y as someone else’s.

Girls Take Their Cues From Their Mom

Girls take their cue from their moms on…

How to dress
How to eat
How to act around guys
What kind of friend to be
What kind of wife to be
What kind of mom to be
How to feel about their body
Their views of being a working mom vs. a stay at home mom
The importance of looks vs. inner beauty

Family Contracts…What Are They and Where Do I Sign

The term ‘Family Contract’ doesn’t sound very family-ish, does it? It sounds too cold and business-like to be part of the warm fuzzy-feeling unit we want our family to be. But it isn’t. In fact, it is one of the best things you can do to make yours a family that is genuinely warm and fuzzy-feeling toward one another. Cross my heart.

Discipline… What Works For One Child Won’t Work For Another

As the mother of four and grandmother of six, I can tell you first-hand that what works for one child when it comes to disciplinary measures doesn’t work for another. As a parent, though, you owe it to yourself and your children to find which method of discipline works best for each one in order to make it effective in all the right ways.

The Hidden Benefits of Teaching your Children Respect and Kindness to Animals

Some might think I’m a tad on the extreme side, but I always discourage my kids from killing bugs or worms needlessly. No need to kill something just for the sake of killing it, are my thoughts. It is a small gesture but one my daycare children have come to appreciate.

I currently have no pets but yet in my suburbia neighborhood, we feed the chipmunks, squirrels and birds. I even have a couple of chipmunks that step inside my backdoor on occasion to eat out of a bowl or from our hand. The kids love to feed them from their hand. (Yes we always wash and sanitize after.)

The Good, the Bad and the Balance of Electronics and Your Family

Remember how inconvenient it was when the phone rang during dinner in the 80’s? Well, now we have the beeps of messages, bells and whistles of notifications, and for my husband, it’s the theme song from Big Bang Theory playing when he gets a call. I shake my head every time I hear it. Electronics certainly have their place and we will look at the positives, negatives and how we can have some balance with our techy world while still maintaining a great family life.

Participate; Don’t Just Spectate in Your Child’s Life

How many times have you heard it? ”Mom, watch this!”, “Dad, can we go to the park? “or “Mom, will you play cards with me?”

Our children love for us to be part of their experiences. But let’s face it, many parents are run ragged with work, meals, homework or after-school activities. We miss opportunities of participating in our children’s lives. We drop them off here and there with quick chats in between but how much are we actually partaking in their lives?

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