Just You

Whether you are young or old; Rich or poor; Your presence in your family is what they value most. And isn’t it funny that it’s the little, seemingly insignificant things you do that make the biggest impact? Dancing in the kitchen with Grandma after dinner. Toast with cinnamon and sugar cut in squares. Applesauce pie. […]

Boldness, Not Overbearance

30 years ago, while I was in the hospital waiting for labor inducing drugs to take effect, I started reading a book about an American Indian tribe. {Happy birthday Brad and thanks for the book Vicki!} Specifically significant to me was a chapter about a young Indian mother who needed to correct her teenage son. […]

What They Really Need

When our children were small, we opted not to have t.v. reception. It was always interesting to me to see the difference in our kids when we were staying for a short time anyplace there was a lot of t.v. watching. All of a sudden, they were preoccupied with what they now knew they needed! […]

Nurturing Civility

Civility: politeness, courtesy, respect, mannerliness, graciousness, consideration, gentility. Think of what can be lost when a family doesn’t practice civility at home –opportunities to connect; to work as a team; to support one another; to learn patience and self-control. As our culture declines in it’s expectation of and commitment to civility, it becomes even more […]

“Finish It Flaversham!”

Ha! This is one of our family’s most frequent movie quotes. Do you recognize it? It was hissed at the clock maker, Hiram Flaversham, by the evil Professor Ratigan. Do you remember that part of The Great Mouse Detective? Many years ago, I had a conversation with my husband about feeling like I couldn’t keep […]