Saturday Sips: Encourage the dreamers

    I recently wrote about giving your children the freedom to dream and shared an interview I had done with a young man who wished to become a Navy SEAL. Being a parent of any child is difficult, especially when they choose a goal that is challenging, takes a great deal of courage, and […]

Freedom to dream

 The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt   As parents, we give freedom to our children in ever increasing amounts, moving the safety rails farther back as time moves forward. One day, those rails disappear, and our sweet little babes will advance into adulthood. Hopefully, we will […]

Embrace Hardship: It’s the gift that keeps on giving

You avoid hardship like the plague, and you double those efforts when it comes to keeping the path smooth for your children. After all, it’s hardship. Why bother to go through the challenge of saving up to pay for something you want when you can whip out the credit card and enjoy that shiny new toy right […]

Forgetting to be grateful: unmet expectations and Not-Skis

Merry, merry, Christmas, everyone! So that I may spend more time with my family I am sharing a post from last year, written by my daughter Alexis. As I wrote last year, she is cute, witty, and a terrific writer. Plus, she and her hubby are parents now, so perhaps this is a timely story […]

Dear weary Mom, hang in there!

    I don’t know about you, but I am a weary mom today.   Usually when I hear that term I think of bleary-eyed young women adjusting to their new role as a parent. But moms at any stage can feel tuckered out, worn down, full of worry and just plain overwhelmed. Moms of […]

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall,
You Don’t Own Me, Not at All!

    Did you do your final check in the mirror today, making sure everything was just so? Did you find yourself murmuring that eternal question of comparison: Mirror, mirror on the wall. . . How about your heart? Did you remember to do a beauty check on that, too? That’s where we say beauty […]

When Fear Meets the Pushmi-Pullyu

  As wives and moms, you take on a wide variety of roles, including the Pushmi-Pullyu. For reference, a Pushmi-Pullyu is the two-headed llama from the famous Dr. Doolittle series of children’s books. You are probably curious what you could possibly have in common with that creature. When you encourage your loved ones, you do so […]

The circle of life brings big gifts in tiny packages

  I’ve updated this post from a year ago, in honor of our circle of life that will soon be expanding.   I look back over the rocky chasms and green fields of the past almost 30 years, and zoom in on those beginning months that were shaping me to be a parent. Yes, we […]

Ten hidden gems you might have missed

    Since I tend to march to the beat of a very different drummer, I am sharing my top ten hidden gems rather than just showing you my top ten posts. After all, you’ve probably already seen the most popular posts of all time in the right sidebar. Here they are, in no particular […]

If you give a child a choice

When was the last time you read the delightful children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? If you need a refresher or synopsis, the story revolves around the “what if” of giving a mouse a cookie, and the humorous consequences that just don’t stop, ultimately leaving the youthful main character exhausted on the floor. […]

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