Promoting Honesty to Kids

Image by Cheryl Holt from Pixabay The realization is slowly creeping up on me that my kids are starting to ask uncomfortable questions  They’ve begun wondering about the big questions in the world, the ones for which I don’t really have answers. And now I have to admit that I’m not as smart as they…

Getting the Most Out of Family Traditions

Image by Actina from Pixabay Looking back on my childhood, I realize the memories that are most deeply seared into my brain are probably those that have to do with my family’s idiosyncratic traditions. Some of these were big outings – apple picking every fall and the annual “Christmas Tree Hunt” every winter, but some…

Parenting Hack: The Pygmalion Effect

Image by Sergey Nemo from Pixabay I’ve always thought that my younger child was more challenging than my older one. While she goes along with the flow, he inevitably throws up roadblocks…for reasons that are never particularly apparent to me. I assumed this was just his personality, that kids are individuals, or maybe that birth…

Commencement Speeches: Wisdom for All Ages

Image by Pham Trung Kien from Pixabay I discovered Brain Pickings many moons ago while up late rocking my second child to sleep, and have been a huge fan ever since. The site’s author, Maria Popova, is a fantastic curator of culture and has led me to many esoteric and fascinating discoveries I don’t think…

The Gaming Connection

Image by Monika Baechler from Pixabay My husband and I allow our kids an hour of screen time a day, which they covet like it’s a precious jewel. Thus, it’s very surprising to me that on the weekends, nine times out of ten, they happily give this time over to playing video games with my…