Kids Making Money and Bringing Dad Home

Kids Making Money and Bringing Dad Home

May 28

So, I recently went to a conference in Orlando where I expected to just be a worker for a friend of mine but got a pleasant surprise while I was there.  Rhea Perry, whose books and emails we have been aware of for years, was at this conference and I got the privilege of attending a couple of her workshops.  I was reminded of her amazing story and how her son, Drew, took several crazy ideas and...

I Have A Teenager

I Have A Teenager

Oct 13

Thirteen years ago today I was holding a little bundle that weighed less than our cat.  It is hard to believe that bundle  is already 13– but I must admit, he is fun to be around and is growing into quite a responsible young man. Making the decision to home school him has paid off in dividends as far as character is concerned.  His friends in public and private school are already obsessed...

Cozi Family Calendar Rocks!

Cozi Family Calendar Rocks!

Sep 19

Giving kids instructions and having them actual followed can be a huge challenge.  It’s an even bigger challenge when you have leftover attachment issues and defiance-against-mom issues coming from a 10 year old boy.  We have always searched for ways to give instructions without actually talking.  Lists, cards with pictures of chores–we’ve tried many things and lots of them...

A Delightful Nightime Excersion-Fun and Free

A Delightful Nightime Excersion-Fun and Free

Jul 11

The other night my husband and I decided to go on a late night walk with our oldest son. The evening was pleasant with a cool breeze blowing. It was a welcome relief from the kind of oppressive heat we had been experiencing this July. As we walked up the street through our neighborhood we saw bobbing flashlights up ahead. When we got nearer we saw it was our neighbor and his kids. They were...

A Little Humor Goes A Long Way

A Little Humor Goes A Long Way

Jan 21

Gabriel was not happy with me. I had the audacity to make him show me he knew how to do three math problems today that he had done on his own. They included new concepts and I just wanted to make sure he understood. Not wanting to do them over again (which would have taken all of two minutes) he talked back and I walked away–informing him that when he was ready to be kind I would finish...

Boys Becoming Men

Boys Becoming Men

Oct 13

Growing men out of boys is hard work.  Especially if you are a mom, you notice this not so subtle shift from adoring son to questioning pre-teen and it isn’t fun. On the other hand, a boy growing into a man has its perks.  For instance, he starts to act more like a man–offering to help out when you are overwhelmed, noticing when you need a back rub or some quiet. Last week Ezra left...