The Rules of Manners

I believe in good manners.  I believe that what you give is what you get.  If you can offer respect and kindness to another, you are more likely to get respect and kindness in return. Through the years I have struggled mightily to teach these concepts to my boys.  When they were very young, they

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Having a Mindset for Success

By now, school is back in full swing.  With it comes the relief of a structured schedule, but also the demands of learning.  Some kids will rise to the occasion, and others will have some setbacks.  If you are like my kids, it’s a little bit of both.  As I am faced with where they

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The Dog That Rescued Me

Last summer, I wrote about the passing of our thirteen-year-old Bichon-poodle named Kisses.  While this loss was painful, it was an experience of growth for our family.  My boys learned about how to grieve and I learned how to step back and let them.  We weren’t in any rush to add another dog into our

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Independence for All

Having just celebrated our nation’s independence, it got me thinking about my boys and their level of independence. In our family structure, since I am mostly a full-time stay-at-home parent, I often wonder if they have age-appropriate life skills in place. They rely heavily on me to guide them through their day-to-day life and I

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Beyond Grade School

I recently attended a parent information meeting regarding my oldest’s son’s transition into middle school.  I must admit, I am in some serious denial about him attaining this milestone, but going to this meeting made it seem much more real. In only couple short months he will be on his way.  He is ready.  I

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