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…

Learning Areas At Home

QUICK TIP #7: LEARNING AREAS AT HOME _ 馃摎 One of my favorite children鈥檚 books is Evan鈥檚 Corner in which a very smart mom divided her cramped family apartment into specific areas for each family member to have their own space. _ 馃摉 This book is a great motivator for creating fun and practical spaces…

QUICK TIP #6: NEGOTIATING DISCIPLINE ISSUES

QUICK TIP #6: NEGOTIATING DISCIPLINE ISSUES _ 3锔忊儯聽simple steps may help in negotiating many discipline issues: _ 1.聽馃か聽Lower the volume. Keeping our voices under control is a great way to deescalate a tense situation and prevent it from exploding. _ 2.聽馃拋馃徑鈥嶁檧锔徛燯se 鈥淚鈥 as opposed to 鈥測ou鈥 messages. Explaining what concerns you have about a particular…