Entries from October 2009

Should I allow my child to text?

October 29th, 2009 / 2 Comments

A parent asked me, “Should I allow my 13-year-old to use her cellphone for texting, or should I block that feature?” To answer that question, I went to my expert advisor, my 14-year-old daughter. “Do you think kids your age should be allowed to text?” What do you think is her answer? She said, “There […]

The dangers of walking to school and other good reads

October 28th, 2009 / 1 Comment

Here are a few articles I found thought-provoking today: The Dangers Our Children Face Walking to School My two older children used to walk a short half a mile to school. But with my youngest daughter now, I am a little more cautious. Like it or not, our society has changed. Rating Teachers Undermines Authority, […]

Coupons and samples here!

October 23rd, 2009 / 1 Comment

Eating free samples at Costco is one of my favorite pastimes! I was at a Chinese market last week and they were handing out dumplings and herb tea samples too. Now you can get some freebies, coupons and samples at LuckyFreebies.com. I just received a coupon for a free sammie from Quizonos (when you buy […]

Why we don’t spend more time with our children

October 22nd, 2009 / 4 Comments

I am a substitute teacher, and I think teachers have the hardest job in the world! To be surrounded by 20-30 little kids all day and trying to keep them on task is stressful to say the least. I substitute occasionally, and that’s about all I can handle! And when it comes to being a […]

Time together is not a waste of time

October 21st, 2009 / 3 Comments

Are you like me who just doesn’t seem to have enough time for everything? With the busy, busy, busy  lifestyle of most families today, are you feeling pressured to be productive? I always feel that I should be getting things done, check an item off the list. But do you consider spending time playing with […]

Don’t miss out on spending time with your kids

October 20th, 2009 / 1 Comment

I had lunch with my 85-year-old dad today. It’s a treat for him to get the $5 Subway deal because he would not normally go there by himself. We split a chicken breast footlong on honey oat whole wheat. It came out to $4.99 with the “young man’s discount”, as the cashier phrased it. Growing […]

The best advice for parents I’ve heard

October 19th, 2009 / 5 Comments

My son is now 21 and pretty much on his own. He rents his own apartment half an hour away from us, and he supports himself financially. I am thankful that he does come home weekly to attend our home church that he grew up in, and he [usually] stays to have Sunday dinner with […]

Is there more to parenting than providing for our children?

October 17th, 2009 / 1 Comment

Did you ever notice that people never say the present generation of kids are morally better than the previous generation? You never hear anyone say, “Kids today are much better behaved than when we were kids.  Kids now are more respectful and polite than when I was growing up.” No! We always hear comparison of […]

Balloon boy Falcon Heene and lessons for parents

October 16th, 2009 / No Comments

What do you make of what happened with Balloon Boy Falcon Heene? Six-year-old Falcon Heene was thought to have drifted up in a helium balloon on Thursday.  The authorities were in a frantic rescue operation that involved military helicopters and briefly shut down Denver International Airport. When the balloon came to a landing, the boy […]

Stainless steel instead of harmful plastic for your family

October 13th, 2009 / No Comments

If you’re cheap environmentally conscious like me, you reuse plastic water bottles to refill with filtered water at home.  Although it seems like a good idea, now they tell us we need to be concern about the Bisphenol A (BPA) and DEHP, these harmful chemicals that can leach through into the water we drink. And […]