Back to School Blessings and Songs

CONNECTING BEFORE SCHOOL What are your rituals for getting the kids to school or childcare? Is it all chaos and confusion? Yelling and pleading? We've ALL been there, and the challenges change with every stage and every child. But somehow those with us with kids tend to be worn out by 9:01, or whatever your "drop-off" time might be. As a teacher, I do a pretty good job hiding it on my face, but some parents at my pre-school last year witnessed some pretty big Ellie tantrums on the bench right outside the entrance! One key phrase to remember for the morning rush: "Connect before you … [Continue reading]

“Love” Passage, Back-to-School Style

I wrote this for me this morning...I needed it. Maybe you do, too. Happy Back-t0-school! If I buy all the right white collared polo shirts from Target, khaki shorts and pants according to the school uniform policy; but do not show love to my family, I'm just another shopper. If I slave away in the kitchen packing healthy Hello Kitty and Space Robot lunch boxes, peeling carrots, spreading peanut butter and labeling containers; but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook. If I volunteer for the PTA back-to-school bake sale, sign up for room mother, and give all my extra … [Continue reading]

Back to School: Connecting BEFORE School

"Back to school, back to school, reading, writing, that's the rule.  Songs to sing, games to play, learning new things every day!" This year, the kids and I will all start at a new school TOGETHER, just up the street from our house, and I am so grateful that we get to share that experience for one year. (And simplify the logistics.) I am the new music/ chapel teacher at our neighborhood pre-school at Lake Highlands UMC (CCDC) where Ellie will be in a 3-year-old class and MJ in the new "Bridge" program (between PK and K). We will all attend Mon-Thurs, and share Fridays off, and the best part … [Continue reading]

Back to School: Re-Connecting Rituals

{This morning I saw mommies and kids walking past our big bay window walking, scooting, riding to the first day back at school at Lake Highlands Elementary. What an exciting time! I was feeling quite relieved to still be in my bath-robe at 7:45, my kids snuggled in my bed playing with my computer, NOT facing that Kindergarten milestone and life change quite yet. My kids and I have another week to hang out before getting back into the routine of school. We really need it, too. Time to hang out and play and be together since we've been so busy lately. BUT chances are that someone in YOUR family … [Continue reading]

Slow and Steady Wins the “Rat Race”: Reflections on “Race to Nowhere”

Last night several moms and dads from my “Parent with Purpose” Meetup group gathered, along with other Dallas parents, at the Studio Movie Grill for a screening of “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture”, a film by Vicki Abeles that the NY Times calls a “Must-See Movie”. Mom Vicki was moved to do her research and make the film in search of answers after a 7th grade girl committed suicide in her community (Devon got a B minus in algebra). Vicki's own children (in 5th and 7th grade) had started complaining of headaches and stomach-aches due to … [Continue reading]

Summer Memories: TAOS Time…

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"We must hurry! We have so much time and so little to do!" (Willy Wonka to Charlie in The Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl...we enjoyed listening to this … [Continue reading]

Baby Sign: My Top 10 Signing Stories, FREE Inspiration and Resources for YOU!

MJ signing "wind" as he's feeling it, at the Arboretum, March 2008 more "wind" at The Lakes, April 2008 "up" with the Easter egg...   signing … [Continue reading]

MO’ Freedom, Less Mommy!

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(This weekend, we are headed with my parents down to the hill country of Texas to our home away from home, Mo-Ranch. Every summer families from our … [Continue reading]

Homesick and Happy: Top 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

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Bedtime at Camp by Amy L (This picture and poem were found on a lovely poetry website, "The Poem Farm",  by my new friend … [Continue reading]

This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land…

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And now for the perspective part of my blog motto: "Parenting with PURPOSE and PERSPECTIVE" .... My "worries" of late: Gus, our visiting guinea … [Continue reading]

Let Your Light Shine: 100 Acts of KINDNESS!

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This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine! I believe that every child is born with their own inner light, and it is our responsibility and … [Continue reading]

Celebrating Summer! Celebrating Childhood!

Camp is FUN for everyone, doo-dah, doo-dah,  Celebrate the summer sun, oh-doo-dah-day Summer songs to sing, summer games to play,  Camp is FUN … [Continue reading]