“Celebrate Spring!” A To-Do List for Busy Families

 “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood Overwhelmed and exhausted with birthday parties, soccer games, egg hunts, spring music and ballet recitals, and school fundraisers? April and May can be a BUSY time of year! But have you just stopped to play outside? To notice the […]

Super-Star Values? Teach your kids how to be REAL Super-stars!

A “Chapel Chat” with my Little Lambs….

I sat on the middle of the living room sofa, having given over the left side of my head of hair to Michael James (6) for “braiding”, and the right side to Ellie (4) for brushing, spraying, and making pony tails. From the middle I read to them the little yellow “chapel chat” sheet* that […]

“SLOW Family Living” Seminar

YOU are invited! “SLOW Family Living: Resisting the Rat Race“ Tuesday Evening, Jan. 21st 6:30 −8:00 pm Lake Highlands Presbyterian Church Dallas, TX 75238 Register for childcare if needed, lhpcparentingseries@gmail.com $10 at the door So, I have long been drawn to this movement and concept, though it is a hard one to practice when you […]

10 Fun Fall Family Rituals!

  “Loving, healthy RITUALS foster the development of loving, emotionally healthy children…. RITUALS are the GLUE that holds the MOSAIC OF LOVE together.” (Becky Bailey) Happy Fall, everyone! This is my favorite season for the crisp, cool days (still waiting) that refresh my spirit, the chance to be outside in nature again (now that the temperature in […]

Looking for Signs of Creativity in Kids

I talk a lot about my son, Michael James (nearly 6), and his creativity. This is expressed daily through his inventions and recipes, his cardboard creations, his duct-tape clothing line, his entrepreneurial adventures in the driveway (from lemonade stands to carnivals). Sometimes I feel a little guilty for talking him up, but not mentioning little […]

Nurturing Creativity in Kids:The Benefits of Following Through!

In my last post “Got Ideas? Got Kids with Ideas?” on creativity and child-development, I mentioned the three steps to consider for any BIG or little idea: Imagine Capture Execute There is so much benefit to encouraging our childrens’ big thoughts and plans, but the lesson for me is that execution is as much an important […]

“Good Things” from Spring Break: Part 2!

This past weekend the kids and I continued our tradition of “family camping” (though Daddy had to stay back to work this time). No, don’t think too highly of me – I did not take them by myself! I went with my parents and some friends. AND my wonderful father had everything set up for […]

“Good Things” from Spring Break: Part 1!

Today was the final day of our “spring break”, and it was a good one. I hope yours was, too, or will be! I think every person ought to get a “spring break” in life! This time around for me was no trip to Cancun (like I did in high school with a school group), […]

4 Secrets of a HAPPY FAMILY!

Listen to the story I recently heard this author interview on NPR, and as I listened I thought to myself, “I have got to get a book published!” He is echoing so much of the things I preach (and try to live) in my “Parent with Purpose” seminars. But, honestly, I think my way of […]