Get your kids reading this summer

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep your kids reading this Summer. When you sign up for a reading program, you offer them an incentive to read during months when they're not thinking about school. One of my children happens to be an avid reader, but not all kids are. These summer reading … Continue reading Get your kids reading this summer

Our favorite books of poetry for kids

I’ve been working on a big poetry based project, and so I was inspired to pick up some poetry books for my kids at the library last week. We have enjoyed reading them. We giggle a lot, the poems often prompt questions from my children, and they want to repeat and recite their favorite parts. … Continue reading Our favorite books of poetry for kids

No Takebacks

“I’ll trade you my Barbie for 2 of your My Little Ponies.” “Ok, but you can’t have Twilight Pegasus.” “Well you can’t have Barbie and The Rockers, just one of the regular ones.” “Ok.” “Ok.” “No takebacks!” My sister and I championed this phrase. It was our secret handshake. Then, when we were older: “I … Continue reading No Takebacks

Our Daily Schedule for a Sane Summer

Each year as the summer season approaches, I find myself with a mix of emotions. On one hand, I’m excited to see my children grow up. I’m reflective about the changing of season and new energy. The summer season offers an easier schedule without early mornings and the obligations of the school year. On the … Continue reading Our Daily Schedule for a Sane Summer

How to use a marriage journal

As a writer I've always utilized journal writing as a tool. I've tried a lot of different tools and methods of journaling, and each provides their own benefit. That's why I wanted to share about a tool I use in my marriage. My husband and I have been a couple since 1997. It's amazing to … Continue reading How to use a marriage journal

Love Changes Everything

Last week I found myself struggling in two of my relationships. I was taking things personally. I had failed to set boundaries, and found myself feeling unheard and unseen. After a frustrating and unproductive exchange of text messages, I muted my phone and tried to reset my energy. But as I prepared dinner for my … Continue reading Love Changes Everything

6 children’s books about ecology

I intended to post this blog around Earth Day, but my mom life got in the way and I wasn't able to hit that deadline. I thought that I should scrap it altogether, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that there was no reason to. We can take actions everyday … Continue reading 6 children’s books about ecology

Love the one you’re with

I hovered behind my mom in the kitchen as she made dinner. The fish sticks went in to the built-in oven, and when my mom turned around, she almost bumped in to me. She sighed, “What is it, sweetie?” “I have a serious question.” I was 13, and in these moments, my mom responded with … Continue reading Love the one you’re with

4 ways to help children with anxiety

Anxiety in children isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it can be hard to identify, and therefore it can be challenging for parents to help. After all, if we don’t know that the seed level cause of our child’s discomfort is anxiety, how are we supposed to help them? In my daughter for example, her anxiety often … Continue reading 4 ways to help children with anxiety

Lessons in Confidence

My 6-year-old daughter came screaming into the house as I put the final dinner dishes in the dishwasher. The clang of the appliance gate clattering our dirty tableware met the front door of the house as it burst open with my child's wail. Startled, I asked if someone had been hurt. My daughter sobbed through … Continue reading Lessons in Confidence