From August 2, 2012
Today’s blog is going to be a bit different in nature than
previous ones. What I want to do is encourage everyone to revisit some positive
childhood memories. Sometimes, as parents, with our best intentions – to guide,
impart wisdom, raise healthy, happy children - we spend so much time directing
our children, that we forget to watch the beauty of their play, their sleep,
their enjoyment of the silly moments in life. So today will be a celebration of
the silly, happy, fun moments of childhood…
From July 11, 2012
Three years ago, I blogged about technology, and while so much
of it still rings true, I realize that each year, younger children are
accessing technologies, and we need to attend to what this means for your
I will digress with a bit of history. When my twins were turning
thirteen, we were purchasing their first cell phone. There was no camera, no
internet and no texting. It was a phone. The intended purpose for them to have
a cell phone was for those moments when they were out and about; they had an
easy way to reach us.
From April 4, 2010
With the sun finally emerging from behind the winter clouds,
I was excited to see all the families outside riding bikes, walking their dogs,
and just enjoying the beautiful weather this past weekend. Spring brings out the
warmth and colors as everything comes to life. I want to share some thoughts
about how to refocus yourselves and your children to the great outdoors.
For those of you reading this who live in warm climates, you
don’t quite understand the nature of winter hibernation.
From January 25, 2010
I was asked to speak to the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff parent community onResilience – How to Nurture and Develop
Your Child’s Inner Self. They planned a series of discussions on "The Middle School Years: A Parents' Guide”,
offered through a wonderful community organization, LEAD™, a United Way agency whose mission is to support
parents and other adults shaping the future of our youth and is dedicated to
promoting healthy family relationships and preventing alcohol, tobacco, drug
use, and other risky behavior by youth.
From December 14, 2009
We all come from different backgrounds and have different
religious views. As I list my ideas for Winter Break, I am not focusing on
religion, but some suggestions may emphasize the holidays that come at this
time of year. Please know that I hope that everyone enjoys his or her break or holidays,
but most importantly, I hope that you savor the time you have together during this time as a family. I have selected my top ten things to do. I hope
they inspire you to make the next two weeks fun and memorable!
From Thanksgiving 2009
is my favorite holiday for so many reasons. First, it was the weekend that I
was married, almost twenty-three years ago (now it's 31 years!). I am blessed with a wonderful
husband who has always encouraged me to live my dreams. For that, I am forever
grateful. It also is a holiday filled with some very enjoyable traditions. I
will share mine here, and ask that each of you share one or two special
traditions that make this holiday important to you as well.
How often do you hear those famous words? What is our job,
as a parent, when our children complain of boredom? We tend to want to tell
them “when I was a kid” stories – how activities for them weren’t scheduled
throughout the day, every day. How we had one car for our WHOLE family, and dad
took it to work. How we didn’t lock the door to our house, and we could leave
at 9 in the morning in the summer, stop home for lunch at noon, then stay out
until 9 p.m. and the fireflies were dancing around the house with us.