Category Archives for Parenting

Raising Boys

Perhaps because my three oldest kids are girls, I’ve researched and read more about raising girls than I have about raising boys. Or maybe because it’s that I’m more confused by my sons, because I’m not a boy myself? In any case, I’m reading and researching more and learning about how our boys need us…

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The Best Gifts of 2018

The best thing you can give your children, next to good habits, are good memories. -Sydney Harris Most tangible, material gifts we give our children are outdated, broken, lost, or unused within months of the gifting. I (and my kids) can hardly remember what the gifts from past years were. Like most parents, I realize there…

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Ep. 65: Raising Engaged, Happy Kids with Mary Hofstedt

Kids need time in adolescence to answer the questions: Who am I? Where do I belong? Am I normal? They need reflective spaces, quiet time, time for daydreaming, time to listen to music on the couch, not having anywhere to be. We need to protect this time for our kids. Mary Hofstedt, Challenge Success  …

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100 Family Memories

100 Family Memories Every December our family makes a list of 100 family memories from the year. This year marks our 11th year of doing this year-end remembrance activity, and we all look forward to it. Now that the majority of the “kids” are adults living away from home, it’s extra fun to hear from everyone…

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Ep. 63: Growing Gratitude with Sara Kuljis

Enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. In Episode 63, I’m chatting with my friend Sara Kuljis of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp. We talk about family gratitude practices and lessons from camp for having more grateful families. At Thanksgiving, it’s easy…

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Ep. 61: National Adoption Awareness Month

You don’t have to adopt or foster a kid to help kids in the system. There is so much need. You can volunteer. Especially for older kids, you can provide scholarships or skills training… Don’t forget these children in your communities. Just think about some way you or your family can contribute. It can even…

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How to Respond to Bad Behavior

Bad behavior from other people is an inevitable part of life. While we would love to protect our kids from every mean comment or action by another person, that is impossible. What we can – and must – do is help our kids learn how to respond appropriately to bad behavior. That’s a life skill…

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Challenging Our Definition of “Success”

Last week I attended a talk by Mary Hofstedt of Challenge Success, an organization dedicated to redefining success and promoting children’s well-being. I’ve been following the work of Challenge Success for several years and love their message. My husband and I got to be in a skit that Mary coordinated called “Andy Bishus.” Andy is a…

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