Five Ways To Keep Technology From Ruining Your Kids

A new Pew Research study asks the question many parents want the answer to:  What is going to come of this generation of hyper-connected kids? Are they going to be able to keep jobs that-gasp!-ban social media at the office?  Will they be able to converse with non-digitized beings or in settings without screens separating them from human contact?  Will they be able to communicate in more than 140 characters?Responses were split nearly equally:  About 50% said that by 2020 people under the ag … [Read more...]

22 Signs It’s High Time You Home School

1.  You wake up in the morning feeling rested. 2.   You dress cute. 3.   You highlight your hair and never wear ponytails. 4.   You find yourself at Starbucks at ten on a weekday morning doing nothing. 5.   Your bookshelves have room for knick knacks and you actually eat on your dining   room table. 6.   You have time to go out for lunch with friends, to put makeup on, and to shave. 7.   You vacation in places other than Washington D.C. and Gettysburg. 8.   Your husband doesn't work from h … [Read more...]

Good Grief: Why Healing Begins With Grieving

Last weekend my husband and I went to Oklahoma City for a pre-Valentine's rendezvous.  We didn't know a thing about the city except that the Oklahoma City Memorial, built on the site where the Alfred P. Murrah building used to stand before Timothy McVeigh blew it up, was there.  It was our first stop.I've never seen other memorials...not the Lincoln Memorial nor the Washington monument, not even the Arlington National Cemetery, so I wasn't sure what to expect.One hundred and sixty-eight b … [Read more...]

What to do When People Throw Poo on You

In our last house, each of the children had his or her favorite tree in the yard.  Yesterday, the boys confessed to one of their sisters that, whenever they had to poop scoop the yard, they would dump the poo under her tree.  "Why did you do this?" I asked.  "We wanted to punish her," said one brother, sheepishly.  "Punish her for what?" I asked.  "I have no idea," said brother.It got me thinking:  Does anyone ever dump poo all over your tree?  Do people accuse you of things you didn't do or … [Read more...]

Five Reasons to Let Go, Let God…and Let Simon Cowell

Resolutions, routines, one, two, and five year goals--all the 'best laid plans of mice and men'--are hot topics this time of year.  But what happens when all that goal-setting goes awry?  What if you're working hard and seeing no success?  What do you do when obstacles fall into your path?Many experts would say to keep pushing, overcome, press on, and to never, never, never give up.  And, much of the time, they're right.  Perseverance is, indeed, a quality more of us should develop.  But it's … [Read more...]

The God of Do-Overs

There's a haunting scene in the movie, The Pianist, where a woman sitting in a crowd of Jews about to be deported begins to wail.  Quietly at first, then louder, she says, "Why did I do it, why did I do it, why did I do it?" Over and over she mutters this phrase until, finally, an irritated bystander asks what it was she did that was worth carrying on like that.  He is told that when Nazi soldiers entered the woman's house and were close to discovering her family hidden in the walls of their h … [Read more...]

Knowing Their Frames

Recently, one of my children accused me of wanting her to be perfect.After the initial denial, I realized she was right.Mamas are supposed to hold the standard high, aren’t we? If I do, maybe they won’t fail in life. Maybe they won’t suffer through the school of hard knocks like I did. Instill some discipline, establish healthy eating habits, set them on the straight and narrow and they’ll turn out okay.Or so goes the thought.But tucked somewhere in all the ‘shoulds’ and th … [Read more...]

The Fight Before Christmas

‘Twas was the night before Christmas, And the house was a dump. The kids were feeling Christmassy, But I was a grump.   The laundry piled up, the table was crummy No gifts had been wrapped, nothing made that was yummy. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of a happy mama danced in their heads.   But I was working so hard to make them a Christmas, I didn’t have time for all this merriment business. For only that morning I had heard such a ruckus I … [Read more...]