You Only Need One Powerful Phrase To Transform Any Awkward Conversations With Your Tween

I was a litigator – experienced and schooled at responding to opposing arguments thoughtfully and quickly. Literally, one of the most important skills as an attorney is responding in a thoughtful manner to you opponent's argument(s) and not reacting too quickly - because saying unplanned stupid stuff can get your client in trouble. Surely thinking on your feet in the...

Finding Mom Friends Online Will Make You Feel Better About Life

I could tell from the tone of her text (is that a thing?) - this was real. This was important and something was horribly wrong. "Can I call?" one of my mom friends texted. "Yep." I texted back. She called. I was greeted by her usually cheerful and giggly voice, but today her beautiful voice wept. My heart immediately ripped...right down the...

2 Secrets For The New Year That Guarantee You’ll Reach Your Goals

Every arrival of a New Year feels like an opportunity to be grateful for all that has come before and to begin again to touch the lives of others in a positive and meaningful way. I know I feel the exhilaration of that new beginning each new year brings! We all make New Year's resolutions and have every intention of...

The 10 Coolest Activities and Games for Boys Who Tinker

Cool games for boys who love to tinker are the perfect rainy day, sleepover, or family activity! If you have an imaginative boy who loves to build, create, and tinker, you will love this list! Tweens and teenagers so often still love creating and building IRL (ha!), I love these activities that give them the chance. ...

10 Fascinating Board Games For Boys and Girls Who Are Creative Kids

Spoiler Alert: I love this list of  fun board games for boys and girls of (almost) any age - elementary, tweens, and teens. These are the games that are proven winners for my boys and their friends. There are new and surprising games on this list that are perfect for family game night and I bet at least one of...

How I Stopped Being Busy and Overwhelmed At the Holidays and Why It Mattered So Much

I used to always be completely overwhelmed at the holidays - overwhelmed by a desire for sparkly decorations and shiny lights, but I only ended up with marrow-sucking exhaustion. Any given afternoon in November or December would go something like this: I would snatch the boys up the moment school was out - no time for play on the playground,...

100+ Ideas For Teaching Children The True Joy of Christmas Giving

As adults, most of us have felt our hearts swell so huge with the anticipation of watching someone we love open a gift that we picked for them. And we want to teach this amazing feeling of Christmas giving - year round - to our kids. Giving of ourselves, especially during the  holiday season, feels amazing! Christmas giving may actually...

25 of the Most Interesting Stories To Get Kids Talking About World Religions

As I started to look for books to include on this list - I wanted to share a list of stories for kids about religion throughout the world that would spark conversation about the differences in some of the world's most popular religions. But the more great stories about world religions I found, the more I realized I was going...

Is Your Child Displaying Angry Behaviors? This Is What You Need to Know…

As I was in my office writing, the boys were upstairs playing with a friend. Then I heard sounds. Those of you with boys will understand why I couldn't tell what these sounds were. Boys sometimes play so fiercely. Who can tell whether it's one angry kid trying to kill, attack or maim another guy, or just simply them playing...

Be Patient With Me Please. I’m Learning To Have Patience With Myself

This morning I spent an hour trying to talk everyone off of whatever crisis ledge they landed on when they woke up. I wanted to get out so we could go to one of our favorite parks. I know, if they could have, in the moment my boys would have said, "Mom, be patient with me." But - an hour?...

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