I was so shocked when I read about Christmas in the 1860’s when I was in 4th grade. They had so little but the way Laura Ingalls Wilder described it in Little House on the Prairie made it sound like the gifts were beyond her wildest dreams. A handmade doll and a stick of peppermint... Read more »
I'm embarrassed to admit that I was 16 the last time I went trick or treating. In a half-hearted attempt at a costume, my best friend Colleen and I "dressed up" in pajamas in a blatant and rather craven bid for candy. Toward the end of the evening, an exasperated woman sputtered, "Aren't you two a little old... Read more »
Do your family vacations sometimes fall short of your vision of warm, laughter-filled, family moments? It’s the expectation that gets us every time. How do you picture your vacation? Is it the family talking enthusiastically around the campfire or hiking a mountain? Perhaps we dream about swimming and body surfing at the beach or going... Read more »
We just returned from a fun-filled, yet relaxing vacation camping near the beach. The traffic was non-existent, the weather was great, the kids all got along and even thanked us!
Oh, wait! That wasn't OUR vacation!
We have spent the past several years tent camping, and the boys really love the camp ground we go to, not far... Read more »
With summer here and kids getting out of school, many parents contact the 1-on-1 Coaching team about how to handle summer vacation. In our culture, images of summer vacation tend toward those of happy families playing in the sun, attending barbeques and bonding with each other over camping trips and reunions. The reality is, however,... Read more »
With Father’s Day coming up, I tend to think a bit more about my husband’s role as a father to our kids. I’ve heard of some cases where the fathers have very little involvement with their kids, in comparison to the mothers. However, that is definitely not the case in our home. My husband is... Read more »
My son gets out of school this week, and he's acting like a POW who just got sprung from a rat-infested prison camp. Meanwhile, I feel as if I am poised on top of the big orange corkscrew slide at our local water park, looking down with that queasy "Here we go" feeling. Don't get... Read more »
Regression back to our teenage selves is not uncommon during family holiday gatherings. We enter a relative's home as an adult, but somehow once we're seated at the table (and barely before the turkey has been passed around) we're behaving like we're 30 years younger. Oh, those familiar smells, faces, and conversations — coupled with... Read more »
Family holiday traditions help you build some annual activities your children can enjoy each year and anticipate ways they can be creative in their level of participation. As your children mature, they can take a more active part in some of these traditions. Here are some examples of holiday traditions you may wish to start... Read more »
I have come to the conclusion that my current life stage could be titled, “Juggling for Dummies” or “The Idiot’s Guide to Managing Life in the Sandwich Generation.”
Admittedly I was just trying to do a great thing when I started planning a sojourn in Europe for my family, but, well, it isn’t going so well.... Read more »