Cousins Reading Club

“I’m bored!” The dreaded words our four children would cry out every summer several weeks after the close of another school year. I knew that unless there were plans and activities to replace the boredom, summer would not only be hot and sticky but really long! Now my school-age grandchildren are burdening their parents with Continue »

Holidays with Parents and In-laws: Let It Be Good

You’re into preparation mode-shopping, cooking, invitations, fundraisers, junk mail, Christmas cards, special parties. And this is above and beyond the regular stuff on your plate–sports teams, concerts, work deadlines, homework help. And then there’s the unexpected–a child’s broken leg, another ear infection, a friend in crisis. But for many there’s another source of underlying stress Continue »

De-stressing the Holidays

I’m going to say something radical: Thanksgiving is not about the food. Yes, Thanksgiving is a feast. It’s a time to be thankful for the year’s bounty, and we celebrate that with food. But that is not what the focus should be. Sadly, our world is full of images and messages feeding us the notion Continue »

Joys of Summer: Cousin Camp

We just finished our annual cousin camp-one of the great joys of summer. Each summer my husband John and I have our grandchildren- ages four and older to our little farm for three nights and 4 days of time alone with their cousins and us-no parents allowed! This year there were 13 first cousins. Yes, Continue »