The Trials and Tribulations of Tryouts

As I shared in an earlier post, my oldest son has started middle school. You can read it here:  Beyond Middle School It has been a learning experience for all of us. Now that he is safely into his second grading period, he is settling in nicely.  He has mastered his school’s complicated rotating schedule

Read more

Using Life’s Fire to Strengthen Us

During the summer, I wrote a post about how to support a friend through a difficult life challenge.  You can read about what I learned about friendship as my friend, Kari, dealt with her son’s Type 1 diabetes (T1D) diagnosis.  Click here for how you can support a friend through a crisis:  How to be a

Read more

Date Night Fright

With all the hoopla surrounding Halloween, it’s important to take a step back and make sure we are also giving attention to the grown-up aspects of our lives.  If you happen to love costumes and haunted houses, at least aim for a minimum of one kid-free event.  My plan is to hang with my friends

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more