Perspective Matters

Recently my grandson Fitz exploded into tears because his mother asked him to hold his brother’s hand for a photo. He did not want to hold his brother’s hand! A young granddaughter “pitched a fit” because an older sibling looked at her in the wrong way. A touch and a look equaled tragedy for these Continue »

Motherhood vs. My Personal Goals

Earlier this year, there were a few weeks that presented many schedule challenges. Inclement weather caused cancelled school and activities. The kids were home. The kids were bored. The kids were needy. That meant the mom’s schedule changed, too. Worse, my daughter with autism didn’t understand that icy roads meant we couldn’t go for a Continue »

Pick Your Focus

Have you ever biked on a trail or gone snow-skiing? There’s a rule each novice should learn before her first trip. What you focus on picks your path. If you stare at a big rock, you will hit it. If you focus on the ditch ahead, you will fall into it. To avoid pain, the Continue »

Mean Girls

“Nobody wants to play with me.” “She won’t be my friend.” My heart was broken on hearing these words from my teary-eyed granddaughter. She felt dejected. The old nursery rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” is cute but is not true. My little granddaughter can attest that Continue »

Confronting the Comparison Trap

“She always gets to go first. You never let me…” “He has this new Xbox game. Why won’t you get it for me?” “Everyone else gets to go see that movie; why can’t I?” “He’s always the star and I’m usually on the bench.” Sound familiar? Ever since Adam and Eve, we’ve always wanted what Continue »