Defining Bully

As I surf around the internet, I read comments.  Some comments provide support, and some comments provide information to consider, but other comments are just plain mean.  As I think about my kids being on the internet, I cringe at the comments that they might receive about things that they say or post.  I have […]

Lets Eat Dinner

How did your family do things when you were growing up?  Did you watch television together?  Did you go on vacation together?  Did you play games?  Did you eat dinner together?  I can remember growing up, and having dinner at the table in the evenings when my parents got home from work.  I also remember […]

Recovering from Divorce

I’m reminded often about how divorce can affect someone’s life.  Whether the separation is due to an affair, violence, conflict, or other issues, it’s a painful time for people going through it.  The couple is affected, but so are family members, friends, children, coworkers, and others.  There is sadness, depression, emotional and even physical pain […]

Good Days and Bad

There are good and bad things that happen every day.  There are also days with more good than bad, and days with more bad than good.  Sometimes you can turn a bad day into good, but the idea of turning a good day into bad is thought provoking at best.  Being able to turn a […]

Advocating for Your Child

In working with families, including my own, sometimes I encourage parents to advocate for their kids in school or in the community.  At other times, parents also have to be firm with their kids to teach them life lessons.  Much of the time, managing the balance is the hard part.  It’s hard to see your […]

Unconditional Love

When you think about love, how do you think about it?  Everyone grows up in different families and each family has their way of expressing and receiving love.  Some families buy each other things.  Some give hugs and some are very strict.  Others don’t express love enough, or even in any way.  No matter how […]

Time to Reflect

Every now and then, it’s good to reflect, on where you have been and where you are headed.  Taking time to look at progress and failures can help as you move forward.  Today I pass an interesting milestone, and want to take time to think about just that.  I’m hoping to think about where I […]

Helping Kids Through Tough Times

There is so much going on in the world today, and so much news that kids are exposed to, sometimes it can be hard for them to understand events and still feel safe.  No matter what the age, kids and young adults need information and assistance with what they hear and see.  There are many […]

Happy New Year 2018

Welcome to 2018!  Starting the year gives you the opportunity to start new goals, continue to work on old goals, and evaluate to make sure that your goals are leading you in the right direction.  Generally, I like to review the previous year, and think about what works and what doesn’t.  2017 had it’s ups […]

Thank You To Our Military Service Members

The holidays are getting closer, and many are making plans to get together with family for the holidays.  We are baking, planning, wrapping, and cleaning, getting ready for the celebrations to come.  As you work toward whatever you have planned for your celebration, please stop and think about the service members overseas, in harms way, […]