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 […]

Think Process

Do you ever get out of patience because it seems as though you are teaching and learning, but you don’t know if you or your children are making any progress? Teaching and learning are kind of like growing out a bad haircut. It takes 1000 times longer than you want it to take! And it […]

Perspective

I’m excited to share an article with you that a dear friend recently shared with me. {Thank you Ann!} She reports that it was written at least 40 years ago and has no byline except, Anonymous. Knowing that this was written before many of you were born, I offer a few notes about the author’s […]

Small Means

It never ceases to amaze me how misaligned our beliefs can become. Do we sometimes think that our life won’t really have meaning until we accomplish some big and public thing? Or that what we do in family life each day somehow pales in comparison to what we or others are doing out there? That […]