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Summer Renewal and Fun with Family Contributions and Healthy Boundaries

How can you establish some boundaries and structures that will boost skills and sense of responsibility this summer?

Lightweight Rules and Routines for a Renewing, Cooperative Family Summer

Check out these ideas for simple structures that will ensure your children take some responsibility amidst the fun and freedom of summer.

Dramatizing the Drama

Transforming the Big Feelings of Now into Big Lessons for the Future Frowning faces, furrowed brows, and grumpy expressions describes our family’s morning meeting on Monday (and Tuesday, if I’m being honest) as we launched into yet another week of homeschooling. Tired of the pressures of schooling during a pandemic, we are needing to rally …

A Valentine to Mothers: Our Love and the Journey Home to Our Whole Selves

“I cannot think of one minute except maybe my shower in the morning,” responded one Mom when asked how much time she spent on herself each day and not working or caring for her children or husband. The expectations of a Mom’s role are frequently all-consuming and never enough. And those expectations likely come from …

Diving Into Summer? Check Out: Summer Sanity Strategies

“Mom, what do you really want to do this summer?” my son asked me during our bedtime pillow talk last night. I had to think. I wanted my summer sunshine dreams of lemonade stands, library visits, and creeking at local parks to roll off my tongue but instead, my mind was a-jumble. In our race …

How Children May Perceive Loss and Death at Various Ages and Stages

And Ways We Can Support Them… On The Day of the Dead – or Dia de los Muertos, it seems appropriate to think about children’s understanding of one of life’s greatest mysteries at their various ages and stages. Vrrrwow… the sound of a lightsaber comes close and pokes me in the back. I have been …

Cultivating Family Gratitude Means Nurturing Family Well-Being

If you worry and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings. – Count your Blessings, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 1942 It’s true. People who think about what they are grateful for do sleep better at night. Psychologists have done research on gratefulness and found that …

Helping Our Children Understand and Deal with Death

Mostly it is loss which teaches us the worth of things. –       Arthur Schopenhauer Vrrrwow… the sound of a lightsaber comes close and pokes me in the back. I have been play-killed by my son, sometimes seen as Darth Vader, on a typical morning in our house. “You’re dead,” he says. Yet he expects me …

Deck the Halls with Mental Well-Being

Managing Our Own Seasonal Stress Just Might Be the Greatest Gift of All My son burst into tears as his friends waited at our door to play. He had fallen up our stairs and gashed his shin on the metal rims of the hall steps. I plopped on the floor to comfort him and as …

Reinvigorating Your School Year Routines

It’s Just Another Day. Slipping Into Stockings, Stepping Into Shoes, Dipping In The Pockets Of Her Raincoat. Ah, It’s Just Another Day. Du Du Du Du Du It’s Just Another Day. Du Du Du Du Du It’s Just Another Day. – It’s Just Another Day, Paul McCartney “Do we really have to go back again?” …

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