Grandchildren

Courage: the Backbone of Character

If we were to write a classified ad for a parent, one of the parts of the job description would be character building. It is a non-negotiable for any conscientious…

Make a Summer Memory Your Kids Will Carry in Their Heart

Do you feel like the summer days are fleeting and you haven’t done everything you wanted? Perhaps you had great plans to do something special with your kids and it…

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…

Summer Fun Bingo

Summer days can start getting long after a few weeks as kiddos begin to complain that they are “bored!” While I do enjoy participating with my children in fun activities,…

Evidence of a Life Well Lived

I recently had one of the most memorable experiences of my 32 years of life. I gathered with a dozen of my cousins and all my aunts and uncles in…

When Plans Go Awry, Listen to This Voice, Not That One

Everyone was visiting for Christmas and all things had been going as planned. “Do you have a bowl?”  My adult daughter caught me off guard with her question.  She went…

43 Wonders Moms Long to Relive

If you are a mom of littles – I know you are weary. But I wonder if you might, for just a MOMent, imagine what it will be like when…

Generosity — The Cure for the Gimmes

The Importance of Building Character Part IV – Generosity: The cure for the “gimmes” There’s a super villain that shows up this time of year. I call him the Green-Eyed…

8 Tips for Getting Grandparents to Respect Your Parenting Decisions: Ask Dr. Degler

Q: What can I do to get my parents (my daughter’s grandparents) to respect and abide by my parenting methods when they spend time with my child? We have a…

Grandma’s Gift

Three years ago Grandma left this life at the age of 95. Some days I still feel the loss deeply, but I still have her gifts. When I was 2,…

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