The Power of Do-Over


Remember when we were kids and we made a mistake playing kick ball? We’d call a “Do Over.” There was no yelling or arguing.  We all just hit the reset button and made the play again.  Nothing was so major that it was not easily forgotten or ever mentioned again.  A mistake was simply that … a mistake.  Not a big deal.  We just wanted to start over and continue the game rather than focus on the errors. I miss those Do-Overs! What if I offered Do-Overs more freely to people on the street? Or to my kids? Or even myself?…

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Half Birthdays For Summer Babies


Birthdays are so much fun for kids. One of the things that makes them so special for kids is celebrating with their friends at school. However, kids born in the summer often miss out on this experience. Recently, one of my daughter’s teachers recognized this need and came up with a solution. She started celebrating “Half Birthdays” on the six month anniversary for students born in the summer. So if someone’s birthday was August 1, they had a class party on February 1. Isn’t that clever! How fun would it be to come into class, thinking it would be an…

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Need a Holiday Gift? What about the “F” Word?


Still looking for that last holiday gift? Is there a person in your life that you really do not want to give a gift to, but feel obligated to give one to? What if there was a way you could “keep the family peace” this holiday season without having to spend a lot of time and money? If you are interested, then I have the perfect gift for you….it’s the “F” word. What if you could give a gift that some have considered life changing? And this gift can be a holiday hit even if the other person does not…

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Even More Sure-Fire Ways to Silence Communication With Your Kids


As Moms, here are a couple more ways we can be sure to silence communication with our kids: 4) Yell at them Our Delusion: This is one that really helps preteens and teenagers. Not so much for the improved communication effect, but just for sheer entertainment. Teenagers go over the moon when their mothers raise their voice fifteen decibels above normal tone. Although, a lot have requested that their moms take a momentary intermission so they can go out and get some popcorn before the show starts. (Just passing along the request.) After all, the louder we speak…then the more…

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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Silence Communication With Your Kids


“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after” – Anne Morrow Communication is the foundation of any relationship. As mothers, sometimes we think we are communicating with our children, but the opposite is true. Here is a step-by-step process for hindering communication with your kids: 1) Don’t listen to them Our Delusion: Kids, especially teenagers, really enjoy being interrupted. In fact, they thrive on it because they know that what their mom says is far more important than their own thoughts. You’d be surprised how many teenagers have shared with me how they…

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