First Day of School

Check out my son’s drawing on his first day of school. Relationships make a significant difference in our experience!

A Time to Pause: Reflecting on Development in the Coming School Year

We are called to be strong companions and clear mirrors to one another, to seek those who reflect with compassion and a keen eye how we are doing, whether we seem centered or off course…we need the nourishing company of others to create the circle needed for growth, freedom and healing. – Wayne Muller After …

Easing the Transition Back to School

I’m gonna hold onto this couch and never let go! – E. Miller, Age 6 It’s the morning after our summer vacation at the lake. E awoke and said he had had a nightmare. “My school became a haunted village. A ghost dragged me around the grounds. And all of my school friends were at …

Interview on Feeding My Family

Author and Illustrator of Confident Parents, Confident Kids, Jennifer Miller was interviewed this week by Kimberly Allison and Sharon Perez of Table 365. They asked questions on how I feed my family. Their mission is to provide inspiration, ideas and tools to make family meals easier. I’ve been inspired by their site. Check out the …

Happy Father’s Day!

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. — Anne Geddes Here’s to all of the Dads who embrace their roles and are there for the fun times and the hard times too when we need them most. I am grateful to my own Dad who has always …

Lazy Days of Summer

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. – Sam Keen As school ends and summer begins, we are sitting outside and dreaming of the many delights the season brings. We have big plans to read, swim, blow bubbles, build sandcastles, catch fireflies and sit and watch the clouds. Last year, I put together a summer …

The Little Way

To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization. – Harriet Beecher Stowe This Mother’s Day, I wanted to write about the little gifts that my Mother has given me throughout my lifetime. …

Thank you, Teachers!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! Parents and teachers included, we thank you sincerely for helping us become better than we even knew we could be. Since both of my parents are teachers, I thought I would share some quotes from their students in celebration of all teachers today. We are better because of you!   “You helped …

The Inherently Creative Family

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the …

The Magic Timer

Oh Magic Timer I love you so I set you, And tick, tick, ding It’s time to go. The “magic timer” is a perfect tool for taking the negotiation out of daily transitions. It can provide a sense of discipline for an adult or child. And it can promote the comfort of a limited time …