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July 2023

Failure is an Option

2023-07-06T19:36:46+00:00July 6, 2023|

We often counsel our children and even ourselves with this saying, “Failure is not an option”.  However, I would like to for all of us as parents and as human beings to reconsider this way of thinking.  In fact, I think we are providing a disservice to our teens by not only incorporating the fear of failure into their mentality but often actively protecting them from failing.  Many of us are familiar with the story of how penicillin was invented through the failure to clean up dirty dishes in a workstation before a vacation.  However, because Alexander Fleming was observant he [...]

June 2023

Listen with Ears of Your Heart

2023-06-22T23:52:15+00:00June 22, 2023|

We all know how often our teens and children will give little to no information about their school day.  Answers such as “Good” or “I don’t know” ring out regularly in the midst of of what has become a game of 20 questions.  However, with each of my children I find there is a time and place where they feel safe and ready to talk.  Where the walls fall down and there hearts open up to me without any prompts.     Unfortunately, this can often go unnoticed by me in my hurry or tiredness.  At 10:30 pm when my teenage daughter [...]

Build Their Toolbox at Any Age

2023-06-15T15:42:27+00:00June 15, 2023|

Watching the plumber working to fix my outside faucet I saw that he often had to reach for certain tools in his rather large toolbox to either remove parts or reattach new fixtures that would now allow my outdoor spigot to work properly.  One tool would not work for the entire job.  However being well-trained the plumber was able to know exactly which tool would work best in each situation.  It allowed him to fix a “broken” outdoor spigot and get it working again in a short amount of time.  Also when certain roadblocks presented themselves, the plumber was able to [...]

The Boring Days of Summer

2023-06-08T14:13:19+00:00June 8, 2023|

As we transition into the summer ahead, many parents begin to enter into a panic to sign up their child for as many activities as possible.  Summer camps, sports, and lessons fill up quickly as parents try to maximize the opportunities available during the summer.  We spend our times as Moms mostly employed as Uber drivers carting our children from one activity to another while waiting on the sideline for their fun or learning to be over.     While these opportunities are wonderful and children do benefit from their time outdoors or focusing on a particular sport, there is another pastime [...]

Dinntertime Dilemma

2023-06-01T12:42:57+00:00June 1, 2023|

Family schedules have taken on a mind of their own.  Now that parents work later and children are involved in multiple sports and activities family time often gets relegated to a few minutes at bedtime.  Now I agree that quality time is important but I have found that there is a special time that even grumpy teens can appreciate their parents’ company.  During this time, you can start family traditions and have real conversations about life and day-to-day activities.  In fact, it can be a time of laughter and joy each and every day.     “What magical time is this?” you [...]

May 2023

How to Survive (Gracefully or at Least Appear that Way) Until Summer

2023-05-25T14:02:40+00:00May 25, 2023|

May is in full swing and with it the stress of end of the year…..  With children having additional needs and responsibilities, as mothers we often find ourselves pulled in so many directions that we feel like Elasti-Girl.  Our time, bodies and minds are not our own.  Yet part of us wants to treasure special moments as much as we want to speed up and get to the last day of school.  You may have a daughter finishing up her first year of kindergarten or a son who is moving onto Middle School.  Some of us may even have a teenager [...]

How to Say Yes When Really Saying No!

2023-05-17T17:14:26+00:00May 17, 2023|

Questions, questions, questions!  I never realized that my life as a Mom would be so full of questions.  Can I have a snack?  Can I play Nintendo?  Can I have a sleepover?   Chicken again?  Can we DoorDash dinner?  Why are you so mean?     Yet the ability to answer the questions of my children along with building into them responsibility and awareness is key ingredient to their growing maturity.  I often feel that the only word I seem to be able to say is “No”.  My reasoning was often met with eye rolls, stomping feet, or even slammed doors.  How [...]


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