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 […]

My Mission and Favorite CONNECTION posts

My mission in all my work – writing, teaching, parenting, speaking at seminars – is to help children and families to build and strengthen brain and family connections. The good news is that this is SIMPLE when you are intentional  enough to SLOW down and make a meaningful moment. Our main job as caregivers and nurturers […]

Are You Parenting for Authentic Success? 10 “Baby-Steps” to get you started…

We hear SO MUCH (too much) in our society today about how to succeed, how to help our children succeed – our business- our family -our bodies – our schools- our teams – our country, what qualities and practices lead to success, what mistakes and mis-steps can keep us from it…My mind has been on […]

The Napping House: SLOW Family Living

(written yesterday…) It’s Saturday afternoon, and I am in heaven. I just took a deep, short nap, and awoke to a quiet, peaceful home “where everyone is sleeping” (the refrain to one of our favorite books).   I’m sitting in the big comfy chair by the window, enjoying watching the joggers and walkers pass by […]

“Heart is Where the Home Is”

They say that “home is where the heart is.” I get that – as long as you’re with the people you love, then it doesn’t matter where you live, where you travel, where you move, where you lay down roots or are up-rooted to…you are home. That the feeling of “home” is transportable, going wherever […]

Lessons from Arkansas or “Where I Wish I STILL Was”

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again…Sometimes, you just need to get away to get together. After a very busy work-week for me of extra substitute teaching and seminars, relying heavily on grandparents and babysitters for childcare, and in anticipation of Daddy’s upcoming 4-year “absence” during fellowship (starts in July), our family took advantage […]

‘Twas the Week After Christmas…

…and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except the rug-rats! I love this week after Christmas – all the hustle and bustle comes to halt, and we finally get a chance to SLOW down and enjoy the “peace of Christmas” – a chance to focus on family, set aside work responsibilities, play […]

What I Know for Sure: Each Day is a Gift!

What are doing today to CELEBRATE LIFE? Every now and then, something happens that reminds us of the fragility of life – a friend’s car accident, a friend’s diagnosis, someone else‘s sudden tragedy. We shake our heads in disbelief, we take a deep breath, we shudder to think of it happening to us, we pray […]

We’re a Camping Family!

Small me, In a small tent staked to a huge planet,  Rolling slowly through open space –  Alone. (from our favorite camping book) We survived our “Fall Family Camping Trip” last weekend! We survived the huge rainstorm (and nearby lightning) on Saturday night, Ellie survived eating a lightbulb (yes, she ate a small LED Christmas […]