Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day has always been a challenging holiday for me. My father left our family when I was four, and so as a child, it was a rather painful day. Most families I knew in the early sixties had a dad, and so this holiday especially reminded my siblings and I how...
The Value of Chores: What, When, and Why?

The Value of Chores: What, When, and Why?

What kind of chores? Here are some suggestions, though you know your child best. Remember that kids are more capable than we give them credit for, so ask them which chores they think they can do. They just might surprise you.Ages 2-3:Hang wet towel on hook, put...
10 Tips to Parenting as a Team

10 Tips to Parenting as a Team

It’s hard to be a parent (but also wonderful). It’s hard be a partner (also wonderful…with the right one.). And it’s really hard to co-parent with that partner. Well, of course it is! Take 2 intelligent adults, with different backgrounds and...
“The Value of Empathy”

“The Value of Empathy”

At 5:30 every weekday morning I head to my local YMCA to work out. Each morning I am greeted with this “Empathy” sign. And I smile every time I see it. Empathy: what a great value, what a great skill. Empathy: the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes...
“The Best Kept Secret of Parenting”

“The Best Kept Secret of Parenting”

Moms and Dads, listen closely because I have something to tell you. Please promise not to tell anyone because this is a secret that I bet no one else has ever told you. Are you ready? Here goes: we don’t like everything about our kids. Yeah, I said it. I am a Family...