A Resolution To Stop Cussing

Have you noticed the words teenagers use on Facebook? They know we’re watching. What do you think they’re saying when we aren’t? Perhaps most upsetting to me is how normalized profanity has become to the point that girls use a derogatory term—you know the one—to greet each other. The common use of profane language is at Continue »

Raising Good Conversationalists

Do you sometimes feel embarrassed in front of your friends because your child won’t talk and simply grumbles a “yes” or “no” to an adult’s questions? Do you have trouble getting him to talk? Or do you yourself feel awkward in engaging someone in a conversation? Some skills in the family will be more “caught Continue »

Family Traditions Keep Kids Pure

Did you know that family traditions keep your kids pure? The Gresh family Christmas traditions … you’d think they’d be made of eggnog and pumpkin spice. Maybe Christmas hymns and candlelight church services. Nope. Ours are not so sophisticated. On November 26, we pulled out Douglas the Talking Fir and began the stealthy month of Continue »

The Written Word

When my children were just toddlers, I encouraged them to write. Most days my preschoolers had time where we would use our creative juices and let them flow all over a blank canvas. Behind every drawing there was a story and if the kids didn’t have a story to tell about their picture, I would Continue »

The Martyr Mom

Yesterday I starred in my very own production of Martyr Mom. I’m the only one who does any work around here, I thought. The closing act of my mom drama was set in the bathroom. Rachel, our daughter with autism, had been diligently “cleaning.” Water dripped from both mirrors. From the nine-foot ceilings. From the wallpaper. Continue »

Words Matter

“Spell cheetah.” My son writes C-H-E-E-T-A-Y. He knows there is some odd letter on the end. “Not quite. You are so close! Can you fix the last letter?” C-H-E-E-T-A-E. “Almost! It’s H. C-H-E-E-T-A-H.” He deftly corrects the spelling with his dry erase marker. “Okay, next word. Spell zebra.” Z-E-B-R-A-H. I put my head in my Continue »