Wash Your Hands, Please

Special thanks to the creative team at Anthill Studios for making this wonderful video teaching young children the basics of staying safe during the #Coronavirus pandemic.

Parent Collective: Pool Those Resources!

If you鈥檝e ever read the children鈥檚 story Stone Soup you understand the principle that no matter how little we may have individually, if we all add what we have together, it will be enough to go around.That same principle can be aptly applied to parents who join together to pool ideas, information and resources for…

Do You Need A Parent Collective?

馃彎 Are you a preschool parent who feels like you鈥檙e marooned on Gilligan鈥檚 Island? _ 馃槱馃摑 Are you struggling to keep up with endless worksheets disguised as homework and stressing when your preschooler rebels? _ 馃槬 Do you find yourself unable to name one other parent in your child鈥檚 class? _ 馃摬 Do you wish…

Parent Power in Action

I came across a very interesting statistic the other day while researching the greatest concerns of preschool parents. While parents over all were concerned with issues like separation anxiety, transitions from home to school, their child鈥檚 abilities to get along and make friends, as well as academic expectations (in other words could they keep up),…

Collecting Memories Over Things Thru Family Travel

During my recent family vacations to Europe, as we hoped in and out of plans, trains and automobiles, I took some time to reflect on what travel has meant to me and my family. I remember a summer trip with my parents and 8 siblings from our home in Georgia to the nation鈥檚 capital, Washington,…

Your Children Will Take You Places You Never Dreamed You鈥檇 Go

My father used to say this to us years ago and weight of his words revisited me this past week as I toured northern Italy with my children and grandchildren. For those of you who tuned in last week, I shared my first impressions of arriving in Venice, the floating city. I was awestruck. I…

Making Christmas Count – Part 3

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 It didn鈥檛 work out for my husband and I to spend Christmas this year with our kids and their families. But one of the great things about being retired is that we can come and go as we please (and as our budget allows). So we spent a…

Making Christmas Count – Part 2

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 The Great Christmas Tree Hunt 馃殭 馃馃従 It all began with my Dad and a trip to my grandparents property which held a fairly good number of pine trees. We only had real trees for Christmas so the scent of that pine is firmly planted in my…

Making Christmas Count – Part 1

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 馃懇馃従馃懆馃従鈥嶐煢别煈煆解嶐煢别煣掟煆筐煈ю煆金煈煆金煣旔煆攫煣戰煆攫煈煆綢 come from a family of nine kids. Yes, that鈥檚 right. There were nine of us. Six girls and three boys. 馃さ馃従馃懇馃徑鈥嶐煉拣煓忦煆 I don鈥檛 know how my parents did it but with faith in God, hard work and lots of prayer we all made it out of…

Lost and Found

Anyone who has ever been through a move knows there’s always at least one thing that goes missing from one place to another. It doesn’t matter how carefully you label your moving boxes or how much time you put into packing every crevice of your U-Haul, something is going to get lost. _ It’s fortunate…

Family Stories and Traditions

When I think of family stories and traditions one of my fondest memories is that of my mother-in-love and her afghans. She made some of the most beautiful blankets you’ve ever seen. She made one for both of our children when they were first born. She even made one for me and my husband early…

Are My Career Moves Hurting My Kids – Part 3

PART 1聽| PART 2 | PART 3 In my final post for this mini-series I’d like to encourage those of you who are helping your children make the transition to a new environment to be sure to find or build community in a very intentional way. I will always appreciate the warmth, fellowship and love…