Celebrate the effort, instead of the achievement

Celebrate the effort, instead of the achievement

As another school year draws to a close, end of year exams loom on the horizon. Final grades, class rankings, scholarship opportunities, and college admissions may all hang in the balance. As parents, we want the very best for our children; the best possible futures,...
The holiday season is upon us!

The holiday season is upon us!

The holiday season is upon us! This is the time of year that brings families together. It can also be the time of year that reminds us why we might choose to spend time apart. Why is it that we can walk through the door of our parents’ homes and immediately feel...
How to Create and Maintain Healthy Boundaries

How to Create and Maintain Healthy Boundaries

Boundary-setting 101 Earlier this year I said “yes” to a request, then re-evaluated and said “no” to the same request, then watched helplessly as the fallout included an ugly social media tirade and damage to no less than 5 relationships. What...
Do Something Brave

Do Something Brave

  What scares you? What is the thing that you want to do, but are too afraid to do? What scares you about doing it? Is it a fear of failure or a fear of success? Or is it a fear of looking foolish in front of other people? Is it a fear of what they may say? (And...
Be grateful for what you have, while you have it

Be grateful for what you have, while you have it

My calico kitty is in the hospital tonight. For the second time in 16 years (the first and only was during her spay when she was a kitten) she is spending the night away from home. Tonight, she won’t be curled on my lap while we watch TV, or snuggled into my shoulder,...

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