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Discipline Crashers

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

The thought “I scream for ice-cream,” flashed through my brain as Amee, buckled securely in a restaurant high chair, defiantly wailed, “I want ice-cream.” And we the spoilsports, aka parents, stubbornly answered, “No.” A two-year-old about to skyrocket, Amee yanked at the plastic bib around her neck, flailed her arms, and kicked her legs. I picked up a small piece of ripped off hamburger with one hand and an equally innocuous piece of bun and held it out to her. “You need to eat some food first,” I insisted. Amee wanted none of it. Her lips pursed tight together and she shook her head away from the offending offer. No buzzing fake airplane doing loop-di-loops in the air above her head could land in that hangar. “Come on, Amee, just a bite,” her daddy coaxed. We broke down pieces...

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When Children Worry

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

My five-year-old grandson headed straight for my husband’s new digital camera. I scrambled out of my chair and grabbed it before he managed to reach it. Holding it tight I turned to frown at my husband. “You need to put this where it’s not going to get broken.” I chided. Nonplused he took it from me. “Here, let me show you how to handle a camera,” he grinned at our grandson and invited him close with an outstretched arm. My husband slipped the strap over our grandson’s blonde head and showed him what to touch, where to hold, and how to respect a delicate camera. I come from a long line of worriers. Fear restricted my family. My husband’s family learned how to manage unknowns so that competence and confidence replaced anxiety. I am always amazed at how different...

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Soak it Up

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Soggy sand oozed between the ten little piggies of my son’s toes. A ragged edge of transparent water, clear and cold rippled toward where we stood. Justin screamed a delightful two-year-old mix of happy-scared. I scooped him up against me, his knees bent into my stomach. I watched the water foam up around my ankles, held his little person above the water, his high-pitched screams of delight were drowned by the immense voice of the sea. Then I plopped his feet back into the receding wave. Transparent water vanished into the sand. Justin, mesmerized, watched his toes wiggle and dig into the disappearing wetness. I looked out to the horizon of blue on blue. A long shore on either side embraced the ocean as it came and went. The spectacular view poured into my spirit like life giving drink...

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Bermuda Triangle Arguments

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Have you had one of those Bermuda Triangle arguments? Also known as “How to get lost in an argument and not find a way out.” We’ve all been caught in those baffling arguments that seem to go nowhere, mostly because the directional arrows of who is to blame and right or wrong keep getting switched. Children are masters of this! It’s as though they have been given the manuscript. Take a look at the three roles. Think of them as hats that each of us wear, and consider how we keep switching them: Victim:  The hat would say, “Poor me.” Perpetrator: The hat would say, “This is your fault.” Rescuer:  The hat would say, “I am just trying to help.” In any given argument we can wear all three hats and they just keep switching from head to head....

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How to Increase Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“You look so pretty in that new dress.” “Wow you really landed that shot.” “An A+, I’m so proud of you.” A lot of parents invest an inordinate amount of money buying designer clothes, colored hair streaks, fake nails, and the latest athletic shoes. Others coach, encourage, support with hours on the bench watching, or astronomical amounts of money on the best bat, glove, shoes, etc. Academically parents spend more time on encouraging homework than they might just being with their child in a fun loving way. So what’s wrong with that? Nothing. But don’t expect any of that to help bolster your child’s self- esteem. It won’t. All of those accomplishments are fleeting and their good feelings only last until the next challenge or competition. Children can deflate faster than a pricked balloon when a classmate says, “That...

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Become the Wild Parent this Summer

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Summer has arrived. Do you know what that means? It’s time to become the wild parent! After months of a rigid schedule, this is a great opportunity to have fun and make some memories with your children. Break some of the rules. Seriously, it’s okay every once in a while. Act silly. Go on mini-vacations in your town. Stay up late. Sack out on the grass and watch the stars together. Become a child again with your children. Laugh together. Let the kids pick the menus. Fix some unusual meals. Borrow a projector and watch a movie outside. Yes, the rules are important. Yes, every family needs structure. But when the chance arrives to do the unexpected—to have fun with your children—do it! You’ll discover what I did: Your children love it when you spend time with them, when...

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