The Memories We Choose to Keep…

“There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…” Name that movie! Did you guess? It’s the creepy boat ride through the tunnel song from Willy Wonka that terrifies adults and kids to this day. My family prefers the 1971 version with Gene Wilder. The retro vibe adds to the creep factor. IfContinue reading “The Memories We Choose to Keep…”

When you think things are going great…

Wow, Henry is really focused today on his work. He’s being so still and quiet. What a great mom he has! She must really be on top of life (smirk, smirk). True confession- I was very proud of myself as a virtual school parent recently, but it didn’t last long. Henry was folding paperclips intoContinue reading “When you think things are going great…”

The easiest way to find out is to ask…

“What do you need?” This question can be a first step toward empowering kids to take ownership of their emotions, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, take ownership of the solution! I am working hard to break the habit of assuming I know what my son needs every second of every moment. With all the togetherness of virtualContinue reading “The easiest way to find out is to ask…”

“Mom, is Corona gone?”

“Mom, is Corona gone?” These sad words were Henry’s first words after opening his eyes when I went to get him up for the day. We know kids are resilient. We know this won’t last forever. We press forward with the thought that we can endure anything knowing an end is coming. But this isContinue reading ““Mom, is Corona gone?””

The day I got a certificate at the dentist…

The following is a true story. You can see from the picture above that I received this certificate on April 30, 2018. That was not yesterday. I kept this certificate because I need the reminder and the visual that I am not failing as a a parent. Where shall I begin in describing exactly whatContinue reading “The day I got a certificate at the dentist…”

When you have a child that struggles…

What parent has not shepherded their child through a struggle? Every parent is in this group. Preparing children for inevitable challenges while shielding them from unnecessary challenges is non-stop. The reality I’m discussing here is different. I’m talking about a struggle that becomes the epicenter around which your family revolves. This is not an invitationContinue reading “When you have a child that struggles…”