Entries from September 2008

5 Minutes for Mom interview

September 26th, 2008 / 2 Comments

5 Minutes for Mom is one of my favorite sites. Janice and Susan (identical twins, isn’t that cute?), founders of the site, offer a place for moms to network. They share their lives with us and even offers some fun contests along the way. I was interviewed for their blog directory. You can read that […]

Safe teen driving an oxymoron?

September 24th, 2008 / 8 Comments

Last year at age 19, my son had his first car accident – on the freeway, at night, and with a semi-truck behind him! I thank God that no one was hurt. But the car was not worth repairing. This podcast features an interview with Allan Ramsey, CEO and co-founder of www.SafeTeenDrivingClub.org. His mission is […]

Responding or reacting to your child

September 23rd, 2008 / 3 Comments

I have this tendency to jump on my children and lecture them. Yesterday, my daughter came home and says, “I’m tired.” This seemingly innocent remark set me off! “You probably didn’t eat your lunch. You didn’t even drink half of your water bottle. And you stayed up too late last night. You better get your […]

Get your kids off the computer without nagging

September 18th, 2008 / 14 Comments

We’d set the kitchen timer and give 5-minute warnings, but inevitably we’d have to nag our kids when their time was over. We’d have to deal with repetitive pleas for “just a few more minutes.” Our boys would fight about who got to go first on the computer, or they’d complain if they thought their […]

What is a community service LEAGUE?

September 17th, 2008 / No Comments

Are your children involved in some sort of  sports league? Many of my friends have children in soccer leagues and basketball leagues.  Some are in tennis clubs, and swimming competitions. But how about a community service LEAGUE where schools work on community projects and get recognized and connect with other schools? Yes, there is such […]

Encouraging your kids to do hard things

September 15th, 2008 / No Comments

I am proud of my son, that despite my mistakes in parenting him – I had no experience with him as my first-born – he is turning out pretty well. Yes, he’s always been a good student and all those things that moms are proud of in their kids. But what I love best about […]

Making deposits into your child’s emotional tank

September 14th, 2008 / 5 Comments

I believe it was Gary Smalley who taught that everyone has an emotional tank. We function at our best when our emotional tank is full. Here’s how it works. When an emotional need is met, our tank gets a “deposit.” It fills up a bit. A hug, an affirming word, a listening ear, laughter, good […]

LTDChix giveaway winner

September 9th, 2008 / 3 Comments

CONGRATULATIONS to Elizabeth M., the winner of a cool Living The Dream t-shirt! Thank you to all of you for participating! And thank you to LTDChix for sponsoring the giveaway. If you don’t already have one of these great shirts from LTDChix, they are definitely worth the money. (The winner was chosen by randomizer.)

Back To School Night

September 6th, 2008 / 4 Comments

I attended my daughter’s Back to School Night last week. We are blessed to have a great turn-out of parents for such events at the schools. Parent involvement is the number one factor in student success. A friend who is a teacher told me of many incidences when she makes an appointment with parents to […]

Getting energy out of your kids

September 5th, 2008 / 2 Comments

While we were at the cemetery paying tribute at my mother’s grave site (it’s been 9 years since her passing, I miss her), my 8-year-old nephew started running around with no apparent aim. His mother and I looked at each other. “Where is he going?” We nodded with mutual understanding: It doesn’t matter where he’s […]