Category: Parenting

“Mom, when are you going to stop embarrassing me in front of my friends?” An important parenting lesson I learned from my 6-year-old son

When I make a parenting mistake, I want to own up to it so my sons see that I make mistakes, too. And, boy, did I make one the other day. You see, I unknowingly brought up a very touchy subject for my six-year-old son. Yes, I’m talking about the number of teeth you’ve lost... Read more »

5 ways to channel a child’s vivid imagination into creative pursuits

My husband and I have been struggling with an ongoing parenting challenge. We want our sons to dream big, but we also want to find ways to channel their creativity into pursuits that allow them to better themselves and potentially the world – as students, people and world citizens. You see, our sons, like most... Read more »

Parenting is a two-way street: Kids help expand our horizons, too

Let’s play a little game. Can you guess the type of the “pages” I follow on Facebook? I’ll give you a few seconds to jot a couple of them down. Did you guess travel? Or, multicultural resources? What about parenting? Maybe fashion? Or, even about my hometown of Chicago? If you did, you’re absolutely, 100... Read more »

5 ways you can encourage your child to be an "upstander"

“I have a dream.” It’s hard to not think of these four words whenever I think about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a parent, I want my sons to dream big. I want them to think they can be and do anything. And, I don’t want anything to hold them back. But, I don’t just want them... Read more »