Let’s be honest, parents. We’re the ones reading the picture books. Shouldn’t we be enjoying them, too? My heart does a little flitter-flutter when my kid grab the following books off the shelf. All of them would make great gifts for new parents, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and kids’ birthdays, too. Long live the heartwarming picture … More 12 Heartwarming Picture Books for Kids and Parents
My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 5
My birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday. In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness. Day 1: Cathy Taylor Day 2: Sue LaGow Day 3: Ryan Hylland Day 4: Jackie Phillips Day 5: Szaba and … More 12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 1
My mom came up with the “hour gift” idea when I was 12. At first I absolutely hated the idea. But with time, it’s grown to be one of my favorite holiday memories. And now it’s a tradition for my own little family. Maybe it could help slow down the Christmas craziness at your house, too. The … More Hour Gifts
Yep, you heard me right. Criticism is awesome. It may go against our very nature and need for acceptance, but “attaboys” don’t really get us anywhere. If anything, they give us a false sense of security and a tendency to relax and let things happen as they will. Great things don’t happen as they will. Have … More Criticism Is Awesome
I sat poised on the edge of my chair, a whispered plea in my throat. The bridal party stretched before me, picture-perfect, words of promise and endearment mingling with the buzz of bumblebees courting lavender. Meanwhile, two pint-size pink puffs frolicked stage right, giggling with the effort to leap and pluck leaves from a silently … More Helicopter S.O.S.
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five ladies who taught me about the mother I want to be. Who are your five? Or for the guys, what mom figures most influenced to you?
Moms, why is it so hard to invest in ourselves? Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? A societally ingrained notion of selfishness? Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable? For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied … More Return on Investment
Today I’m remembering a great: a great grandma, mom, wife (of 50+ years), friend, community leader, youth mentor, bowler, shorthandist, cook … just an all-around great woman. You know that phrase, “They don’t make them like they used to.” That pretty much sums up Shirley. We lost her a year ago today, and I’m been feeling a … More 9 Secrets to Being Great
I’m going on week two of my birthday now. Nearly every morning since my actually birthday, I’ve been awakened by two dancing brown eyes and the excited whisper,