Instill a Sense of Wonder, Curiosity

I’m almost sad to write it, but I was that student who slinked down in her seat, afraid the teacher might call on me. I was the kid that never raised her hand. I was the kid that was so insecure that I thought when I had a question, I was a bad person, a dumb…

Honor Family Links {show love edition}

This weekend can be simple. It truly can be. Call in sick. Don’t show up. Forget to go to that thing you were expecting to go to and say you’re sorry later. It’s better than saying sorry to the kids because of yet another weekend that rushed past without a fun moment in it —…

A Sunshiney Day

“I saw the most beautiful sun, Mama,” she said from the backseat. Curious, I search the sky. It is early. I can see my breath as we speak. The cold drive to school is usually nothing but gray. Gray everywhere. But in recent weeks. Oh, this week.  The sunrise has greeted us with the lovelist…

Make today a Yes day

Sometimes, it seems, all we do as parents is say no. No. No. No. And, many times, it’s in everyone’s best interest that we do respond with No. No, you cannot watch more TV. No, you may not have more ice cream. No, you cannot stay up late on a school night. We also say…

Honoring the Family {inspiring weekend edition}

  As we enter this weekend — a long weekend for many — let us celebrate the simple things about raising children. Let us remember the joy in our own days. Let us remind ourselves of the small, tiny miracles that fall like rainaround us. Let us remember to just open our eyes, soak it…

5 ways families can celebrate Martin Luther King Day

May we live every day with peace and kindness, compassion for others, an open-minded curiosity that shows respect for the earth, all human beings and ourselves. ~ Our Family Mission Statement The gap between the rich and poor is growing wider each day. More people — children, especially — are hungry, homeless and without hope. Less and less…

10 ways to create {magical} winter birthdays

My little girls turn 6 today and this year we had the best and most meaningful party of all the  6 parties we’ve held for them. Winter birthdays are complicated. First, the weather is often a major issue. In fact, as a February baby myself, I remember waching foot after foot of snow fall on the…

Winter’s Warmth

  It’s hardly even a real winter here and yet I am craving warmth. I am not such a fan of cold weather but I do love winter because Winter is peaceful. Quaint. Slow-down. Rest. Recover. Remember. Relish. Commune. Fellowship. Conversations. Winter is warmth. Warm bodies. Blankets piled high, and lush fabrics. Fuzzy socks, fleece…

Write Your Family’s Manifesto

Write Your Family’s Manifesto

Manifesto: A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer (Merriam-Webster) Years ago, on a road trip, my husband and I wrote our Family Manifesto. Our girls were just itty bitty, non-talkers at the time. But we knew what we wanted to promote as a family: Independence. Imagination. Healthy bodies. Courageousness. Sacred…

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