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9 Things I Want My Children To Know About Life

9 Things I Want My Children To Know About Life

To my three sweet, strong, kind, sensitive and brave children, here are nine things I hope to teach and instill in you, as each day and passing year, I see you become more independent in this big world. In this life, I hope you are happy, will follow your heart, find and pursue your passions, […]

Questions Your Teenager Is Too Afraid To Ask You

Questions Your Teenager Is Too Afraid To Ask You

Being a teenager has never been easy, no matter the decade. An adolescent has to navigate hormonal and physical changes, acne, friendships, dating and schoolwork, among other things. But add in the challenges that come from the technology available now in the “teens of the century,” and life can be nerve-wracking and sometimes just scary. […]

10 Ways To Foster A Love Of Learning

10 Ways To Foster A Love Of Learning

I grew up in a house with bookshelves in every room and was raised by a mother who dedicated countless hours to encouraging my imagination, my love of reading, and my appetite for knowledge. She created in our home something I call a culture of learning, and it’s one of the best gifts my mother […]

How Kid-First Parenting Takes A Toll On Relationships

How Kid-First Parenting Takes A Toll On Relationships

  First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby and the end of the fairy tale. Relationships suffer for about two out of three couples within the first three years of having a child, according to research by the Seattle-based Gottman Institute. Most couples regularly respond to the needs of their children first, […]

8 Ways To Develop Children’s Self-Esteem

8 Ways To Develop Children’s Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the confidence we feel in ourselves and our abilities, and it affects nearly everything we do. While no one-not even parents-can give another person self-esteem, there are a few things parents can do to help children develop healthy confidence in themselves. 1. Compliment how hard they work Telling your son you’re impressed with […]

Ingenious Ways To Dominate Housekeeping And Keep Your Family Happy

Ingenious Ways To Dominate Housekeeping And Keep Your Family Happy

Creating a successful and happy home can be overwhelming when you have so much on your plate. But I have learned to be a more efficient housekeeper and homemaker from my 11 years of experience mothering two boys and two girls. I’ve also learned much from my association with a society of women and fellow […]

4 Smart Ways To Teach Your Kids About Money

4 Smart Ways To Teach Your Kids About Money

  It’s never too early to start teaching your kids how to handle their money. In fact, it’s an especially important topic to teach your kids at home. While most high schools require students to take macroeconmics, classes like personal finance are rarely required or even available. So, you can’t really rely on the schools […]

Simple Survival Tips For New Moms

Simple Survival Tips For New Moms

As a new mom, the first few days and weeks can be overwhelming. You’ve just gone through one of the biggest life changes you’ll ever experience. There’s no magic formula that will make the transition to new motherhood run smoothly, but these few simple strategies will help: 1. Stay open-minded Before we have our first […]

Reasons Why You Should Enroll Your Kids In Sports

Reasons Why You Should Enroll Your Kids In Sports

Most of us want our kids to be the next Olympic gold medalist or NBA all-star, but there are a couple more practical reasons to enroll your kids in sports. Here are a few: They learn life skills Being in a sport, especially a team sport, teaches your child about team work, taking turns, and […]

Actions Kids Learn From Their Parent’s Marriage

Actions Kids Learn From Their Parent’s Marriage

When I speak on marriage, I’m always asked if I intentionally taught my kids about marriage. The answer is yes … and, no. Yes, there are times when we’ve talked specifically about marriage (either ours or ones that our kids have observed). But, for the most part, my wife Cathy and I have been wise […]