Archive for July 2014

Picking and preserving summer berries with the kiddos

Picking and preserving summer berries with the kiddos
Late summer is a great time to get your kids more connected to their food and where it comes from. If you’ve never been to a pick-your-own farm before, consider giving it a try. This is a family outing that kids and adults alike will adore. We like Stade’s Farm in McHenry County for pick-your-own strawberries. However,... Read more »

On Striking Out

On Striking Out
A couple of week's ago, my eight year-old son struck out to end the game for his baseball team. Another mom turned to me and said, "I am sorry. It is so devastating when that happens." But to be honest, I wasn't devastated at all. And while my son was certainly disappointed, he wasn't devastated either. This comment has stayed with me because I think it is indicative of how parents are approaching kids' sports all wrong. To me, part of the value of organized sports IS striking out to end the game. This is part of life. You win some. You lose some. Sometimes you hit it out of the park. Other times, you go down swinging. I still find myself striking out all of the time...

Six Family Must Do's Before Summer Ends

Summer goes by quickly, doesn’t it? Seems like just a few weeks ago we were all anticipating the end of school and long, lazy summer days. Fast forward to back-to-school shopping and the last days of summer countdown. I am sure that you’ve crossed many of your summer must-do’s off you list — but here... Read more »
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