While sitting at dinner last week with a few women from our ladies group from church, our conversation flowed from methods of birth control, to being on the Dr. Oz show (one in the group was this past Friday, not aired yet!), to chocolate, to teaching little boys to hit the hole while peeing. There were a lot more turns of the conversation, and we sure enjoyed ourselves!
Since it has been a while since I potty trained a boy, (my son is almost 22 and my grandson that I potty trained is 12) it was funny to relive some [...]
I get that life is busy.
And I get that our children (and spouses and coworkers and parents) can interrupt our busy lives.
I encourage you to STOP and remember that your children, your spouse, you family are what’s important. And yes, your job is high up there too.
When you ARE interrupted, STOP what you are doing, LOOK them in the eye, and LISTEN to what they are saying.
Be sure to look into their eyes, get down on their level if you can.
Try your best to not interrupt them. Children, especially, are so full [...]
Last weekend, my husband had an accident. He was unreachable by phone for hours. Finally, about 3 hours later, I received a phone call notifying me that he had been in a motorcycle accident and was in the emergency room. The accident had happened almost 3 hours prior, but they had not been able to get my contact info.
In this age of cell phones, everyone has the thought that if they have an emergency, that they can use their cell phone to get in touch with loved ones. Or that others will be able to access their [...]
By now, everyone is back in school. While many of us are sad, some breathe a deep sigh of relief. Ahhh…
One thing that we ALL dread is that morning rush. The mad frenzy to make sure they have everything they need for the day, and that the kids are fed and dressed. And sending them off on a cheerful note would be nice as well!
A peaceful morning does not just happen by accident. It takes careful preparations and the creation of routines. And it also takes preparing much of what will be needed the night before.
As many of us prepare to return to school, (some earlier than others, our county started 3 weeks ago!) thoughts start turning to the busy school days, the hectic schedules, and all the activities that come along with the school season. As this time comes upon us, I encourage you to look at some ways you may be able to make your life just a little bit easier.
Choosing and Coordinating Activities
Our families are inundated with a multitude of opportunities, especially at the beginning of the school year. Many sports, clubs, dance, and other types of weekly (or more often!) activities usually kick off around the same time.
Some kids are just born readers. They will read anything they can get their hands on. My kids would sit at the breakfast table and read all the cereal boxes if they didn’t have a book nearby! My first learned to read at 3.5 years, she is now 30 and is a wealth of knowledge and still an avid learner.
And then there are the others. Those who don’t like to read, don’t want to be bothered with reading. They are not a lost cause. Even if a child is not a natural born reader, they can be taught [...]
Most of us only have to look at our own waistline or hips to know that there is an epidemic of obesity in America, and much of the developed world. Yet we have at our disposal all the diet foods and reduced calorie foods we can imagine. There has also been a boom in the production and sales of 100 calorie snack packages of foods.
There are a few problems with these foods.
They are expensive per serving. They tend to be highly processed. If they are a low-fat refined wheat product, such as most of the ones in the [...]