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

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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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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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Proof That You Matter

People show us we matter in a variety of ways.  When we truly matter to someone, they show up for us with comforting consistency.  They answer our calls or texts, even in the middle of the night, and they do so with regularity.  A busy person can still show you that you matter to them.

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The Tale of Two Grandparents

A few weeks back while we were enjoying our holiday break, I was seated in a common area of a family friendly gym we were visiting.  My boys and husband were finishing up the last bit of their workout, and I had a couple of minutes to myself.  As an introvert immersed in the middle

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