Category: family

Five Types of Small Talk

People seem to either love or hate small talk. My chatty sister asked a mother and daughter pair to snap this photo south of Boston with our brother and our kids. They quickly realized we live near each other in Chicago and share friends. SAFE. The mother-in-law, who helped distract our little ones for this photo opp,... Read more »

Our summer joy of missing out & the contemplative life

Pro and con lists may illuminate opportunity cost to make certain choices or decisions. Our digital world, full of social media, may enhance “FOMO” or fear of missing out. Trusty Wikipedia defines that as, “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent.” As a parent of active boys... Read more »

3 Truths the Thirties Teach to Help Find Your Way

Pamela Duckerman’s new book, There Are No Grown-ups A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story, notes Victor Hugo referred to 40, “As the old age of youth.”  Data shows thirty-somethings reach traditional milestones at slower rates than 40 years ago. As someone who soon turns 40, the last decade reinforced the importance of kindness, humility, and determination. Women in their... Read more »
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End-of-school year thoughts

Winston Churchill’s sentiment, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” seems like an aspiration at times. More coffee, anyone? As this Mom looks forward to her family’s end-of-school year, thoughts stream from humility to appreciation and bittersweet nostalgia. Our oldest recently warned his friends taught him lying is wrong. Glad... Read more »

5yo & 7yo boys chat leading up to family Easter

5yo & 7yo boys chat leading up to family Easter
Our five-year-old and seven-year-old boys inspire imagination, joy and belief each day. Holidays, such as Easter, seem to enhance the magic of childhood. We feel blessed that our oldest sings in the junior choir at his school, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy. The same talented music director, who played at our wedding, leads them... Read more »

3 New Year observations

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” This year, we embrace Helen Keller’s wise words. We must collaborate, act, and be kind. Teamwork in families, communities, professional, and political environments help reach compromise. We benefit from others’ strengths to... Read more »
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12 Days of Christmas with little ones

12 Days of Christmas with little ones
On the first day of Christmas, Star Wars fans gave to me an angel on our bright tree.   On the second day of Christmas, Star Wars fans sent to me: two cousins caroling and an angel on our bight tree. On the third day of Christmas, Star Wars fans sent to me: Three boys on... Read more »

Navigate your holidays with Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

The integrity, etiquette, and discretion that guided General George Washington ring true today. The following highlights from the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior may help you and yours avoid holiday drama. RESPECT Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present. In the Presence of Others... Read more »

History of Halloween, All Saints Day & All Souls Day

As a grade school student, I researched my family heritage. I learned Halloween dates back 2,000 years to pagan Irish traditions. The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain tried to scare ghosts with bonfires and scary costumes. The Celts lived in Ireland, Great Britain and Northern France. The Roman Empire eventually conquered most of the Celtic region. During... Read more »
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Leverage routines for autopilot to improve performance

Leverage routines for autopilot to improve performance
Many adults self-identify as exhausted and busy. If you plan and practice simple routines, that may help conserve mental energy during mundane tasks. We try to pause and reflect for perspective. Lists help our family and professional teams function best — almost in autopilot for the recurring action items. We still need to review everything... Read more »