Spring Gardening

The weather is finally clearing up and I am thinking about gardening.  I don’t have much of a green thumb but I do enjoy digging in the earth.  There is nothing like digging to clear the mind and soul and ground a person. I enjoy all of it – the smells, the sounds, and the sore knees. I don’t tend to wear gardening gloves unless the gardening involves prickly plants.  I enjoy getting dirty hands Read more…

What to do on Spring Break: Board Games or Bored with Games?

With spring break upon us and the weather still a bit sporadic, many parents are finding themselves wondering how to occupy their child.  There are of course many expensive things to do – movies, bowling, camps and lunches out.  And some free family events.  But often it is too dreary to go far.  I recommend board games.  There are many benefits to playing board games with children.  These include increased social-emotional development, fine motor skills, Read more…

No Thank You

Why is it that many people I meet say this to a child?  The child pushes a friend, the adult says to the child “No Thank you.”  No thank you?  Huh?  If you ask me if I want to eat a red pepper I may say “No thank you.”  If someone tries to sell me something I don’t want I say “No thank you.”  If my child pushes a friend . . . I say Read more…

An Attitude of Gratitude

A selfish child. A rude child. A spoiled child. What do these have in common?  A sense of entitlement instead of an attitude of gratitude. How do we help our children be grateful and thankful?  There are a few key principles I would like to put forward.  Our own attitude.  Are we displaying thankfulness in our daily lives?  Are we appreciating the little things in life?  We are a role model for our children.  The Read more…