Laughter will help minimize the pain, awkwardness and potential shame in a situation by minimizing its significance, refusing to let it negatively label anyone, and moving on, with confidence and intentionality. Laughter destroys the silence and isolation that can grow in an atmosphere that lacks joy and lightheartedness. Laughter can give that extra strength and focus that is so needed to face the inevitable daily challenges. Laughter releases tension and stimulates creativity. Laughter unifies, and bonds us together, deeply and positively.Read More
If serving is indeed the mark of greatness, then teaching our children to verbalize a willingness to help when asked is truly crucial. It was important enough in our family to write a song about it, and we sang it throughout our kids’ childhoods!Read More
Have you ever received a text you wanted to save and read everyday? Have you ever SENT a text to someone and hoped it would be so encouraging they would want to keep it and read it every day?Read More
We’re not dealing with robots obviously; our children’s emotions are quite developed and often expressed dramatically (ya think?…). That is not abnormal. They have no filters, understanding, or behavior patterns until we as loving, patient adults walk them through these early years and form their perspective.Read More
I REMEMBER FEELING THIS WAS A CRUCIAL DECISION I HAD TO MAKE THAT WOULD AFFECT OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR ADULT PERSPECTIVES.Read More
Children know when they are priorities. And sadly, they know when they are not.
All children need their parents to BE AWARE of them all the time. This doesn’t mean front and center with our attention 24-7. But it does mean an emotional (and I believe, spiritual) “heart connection”.
“Happy Homes” have a foundation of love and confidence: love for life, one another, and ourselves, and confidence that there is hope and help for the challenges we face.Read More
The challenge is very real: the messages and values they are receiving through the media are dangerously opposite to the values many of us are teaching our children.Read More
WE ALL ULTIMATELY CHOOSE OUR IDENTITY, AND OUR ATTITUDES, AND OUR VALUES.
So that means we have the power to “choose happy” or “not happy”...Read More
If my words were that important in creating positive direction in my day, it was crucial for my kids to learn to speak life too! I made a very real commitment to instilling into my children WORDS that would become a lifelong source of joy & strength.Read More