January 9, 2020

What do you remember from Christmas when you were 5 or 10 years old?  Do you remember the meals you ate, the time you spent with family, the gifts you received, what Santa brought you, or where you traveled? 

How many times did you ask your kids...

April 30, 2019

Where did my child, with all the snuggles, smiles and a need to be with me constantly, go? 

Adolescence is a period of time when a young person develops from a child into an adult.  This phase can start as early as nine years old and last well into their mid-20’s.  Unde...

April 18, 2019

No one wants to think about their child going to prison.....but its all to real for many.  

I watched a documentary recently on the "School to Prison pipeline".  I had never heard of such a thing but unfortunately it is "a thing". 

Many kiddos today struggle from AD...

April 18, 2019

In my graduate studies I've been reading a lot about positive youth development and their connections to the communities.  So, I wanted to reflect on my thoughts here on how important youth's involvement in the community is to positive youth development.  

I have e...

November 27, 2018

First of all, give yourself a pat on the back.  You have a great kid, they are well adjusted, have good manners, follow the rules, and stay out of trouble...you've raised them well! Congratulations!

But hold on.  Your parenting is not over.  Your kids still ne...

November 27, 2018

Parties, sleepovers, hanging out!  These are all so much fun!  Think back to your childhood...what really happened with friends after 10pm?  Right?  Nothing good.  Kids get so excited at the thought of sleeping over at a friends house, but I think the expectations are...

August 22, 2018

The first week of school.  Fun, exciting and difficult.  Its about learning more than just academics.

The first couple of weeks back to school around here are NOT FUN.  BE WARNED!  We are grumpy, emotional, angry, resentful and well, tired.  For most, any majo...

August 22, 2018

A letter to my husband (and a reminder for me):

I love you!  I love us!  I love our special alone time in the evenings, when the kids are in bed and every once in a while when we get together for lunch!

Our kids take so much of me, of us.  I know I don't give enough...

August 8, 2018

"Make your day awesome".  "Make your day great".  "Its up to you".  

This is how I leave my children every single day. When I drop them off at summer camp, school, wherever, I always say, "Make your day awesome. Its up to you".  Its not "good-bye" or "have a g...

August 6, 2018

It's that time of year again!  Stomache aches, not sleeping well, lack of interest in fun things, lashing out and more. I usually mistake this for allergies, sickness, boredom or overall spoiled kids.  But then I remember, its "Back to School" time!!  Or as some say, "...

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