Happy Kids, Happy Life at the Dinner Table

“I just want to have a happy, peaceful meal.” What parent hasn’t said this? There is a moment in the evolution of every young family that a peaceful and happy dinner seems impossible. Check out Kristie’s house where Wednesday night dinner is more hectic than usual. In...

Mommy Guilt

Katie was upset, “I don’t know where I should be!” Katie’s daughter was sick again and Katie’s work was already short-staffed. She was pulled in two directions, equally loving her new job and equally recognizing that she (and not her family member babysitter) should...

Shyness Is Like Skiing

I have a friend who teaches skiing. We’ve been friends since we skied together as young adults in the amazing Rocky Mountains more than a couple decades ago. Both of us have grown children now. Too bad we live in different parts of the continent, as I know our kids...

Parenting During Covid, Part Two:

    Teaching “Try One More Time” Strategies When you find yourself teaching at home, whether school lessons or life lessons, you want your child to be successful. The “Try One More Time” strategy is simple and effective. It’s one of the very first...