Category: parenting

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 »

6yo & 4yo kids write songs that surprise Mom of boys

Our resilient boys have taught me about cars, sports, superheroes and so much more. They naturally emulate their father, a talented vocalist. To my surprise, last weekend they wrote and performed their first songs at our friends’ home before dinner. Our six-year-old sang his song. “I climb the mountains for you. You don’t know me, but... Read more »
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7 school parent association myths debunked

Do you roll your eyes at the idea of parent association volunteers? I have felt inadequate compared to some parent association leaders who seem to know everything. Thankfully, I now humbly listen and learn from them. Our own self-doubt may stand in the way of connecting with a community that helps our kids thrive. Most parent... Read more »

4 things parents must remember this school year

4 things parents must remember this school year
As we anticipate the new school year, a couple of our teacher friends shared suggestions for a successful year. Prepare. Schools turn kids away without their medical forms and required paperwork. Parents must complete and submit theirs. Parents should calendar important dates and times for departure. If parents arrive late for pick-up that can mean disappointed kids and... Read more »

Boys want Mom to be demure – yes, parents embarass kids

Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked, “Nothing great was ever done without enthusiasm.” Although that high energy inspires, one may allegedly do so with a little mystery. Parenting helps harness my boisterous spirit even though I still embarass my little ones. Our boys sometimes gently nudge me to refrain from cheering so loud. At the same time,... Read more »
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Five simple tips to boost family summer wellness

Five simple tips to boost family summer wellness
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby depicts this time of year well. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” Many people try to savor summer. I... Read more »

Perfectly imperfect Dads help build resilience

Perfectly imperfect Dads help build resilience
Good Dads do their best. They prioritize their children’s safety and health. They nudge loved ones to excel.  Each Dad parents his own way. Some walk ahead of their kids. Others helicopter theirs. Some Dads obsess less and run late. Kids wear mismatched clothes. Others follow strict schedules. Kids adapt. Good Dads strive to prepare well. They try to learn from missteps. They suggest... Read more »

The feminist Dad with two boys

The feminist Dad with two boys
“Feminist” is not a bad word. It simply means someone who defends the equal rights of men and women. Although my husband, Andy, didn’t grow up thinking of himself as a feminist, he embodies those values. Andy told me about his Aunt Kay since our first date. She founded a successful winery in Milwaukee. She... Read more »
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Refrain for Mom to persevere

Refrain for Mom to persevere
All you strong, but stressed Mamas out there, we see you! Persevere Mom, take care of yourself! From fatigue and loneliness… persevere Mom! From doubt and fear… persevere Mom! From negative self talk… persevere Mom! All you strong, but stressed Mamas out there, we hear you! Persevere Mom, take care of yourself! From toxic comparisons… persevere Mom!... Read more »