4 Academic Lessons to Teach at Home

Four Academic Lessons to Teach at Home Every parent wants their child to have a successful school year. (It sure makes life easier when school is going smoothly!) Here are four lessons we can teach our kids at home, so they are better prepared for the lessons they...

Happy (Last Month of) Summer!

Hard to believe that August is here, and another summer is almost over. Hopefully you still have at least a few weeks before school starts. (As a child, I started school the Tuesday after Labor Day every single year. Summer ends too early now!) This week, I'm taking...

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?

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

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 different viewpoints,...

“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 and...

“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...

It’s January, and Time for a New (Paper) Calendar!

My daughter comes home from school and says she have a book report due in three weeks. I make a note on my laptop or phone as a reminder. Two weeks later, I ask her about the assignment and she says “I forgot”. My phone beeps with a reminder that it is garbage...

“Happy Holidays from My Family to Yours”

The holidays are here! Hopefully they will be filled with fun times: visiting with families and friends, presents, sharing with those less fortunate, good food. But they are also filled with your children - school is on vacation! Don't try to stay busy with your kids...

“Why Your Kids Need to Fail”

Yes, they do. Our children need to fail, so they learn that they can come back from failure. So they learn that failure is simply the first try. We love our kids so much. We work for, and hope for, their happiness. We do not want them to experience sadness, failure,...