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

There are several ways we commit hijacking crimes in relationships . . . One way of hijacking a conversation is when our child (or spouse) tells us something and we, “one up them.” We’ve all had it happen. We tell a story and someone tells an even bigger one. For instance, we get a good deal but someone reports getting an even better one. We are left holding our own emotional baggage, we feel disappointed and still wishing for validation and someone to enjoy our victory.  We came into the conversation feeling great, and suddenly, we are not feeling so great. With your child, hijacking may go like this . . . “Wow, great job on icing that cookie. Look, Mommy made clown faces on hers.” “You have a poem published in the school anthology? You are just like...

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Memories of Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

For those who didn’t have a warm and loving relationship with their dads, Father’s Day can bring back sad memories. While I wish it was otherwise, I’m sure that many of you reading this post have those kind of memories. What makes it extra sad is that often those poor fathering traits are passed down from one generation to another. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This Father’s Day would be a great time for you to make the commitment that your children will not grow up with memories that make them sad because of you. So what can you do? Sit down and make a list of the things your dad did wrong, and then make a list of how you can do the complete opposite. Make a list of the things you wish you’d had...

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Leave a Tender Moment Alone

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 1 comment

“Thank you for the flower, sweetheart. You’ll be okay, but remember this is why we don’t touch rosebushes.” When a child reaches out with a tender feeling and you turn it into an opportunity to instruct them, you can destroy bonding and trust. One of the most frequent mistakes we make as parents is trying to teach during a tender moment. If we change our child’s focus from the tender feeling, we may be guilty of sabotaging the best opportunities for emotional closeness, and create emotional distance instead. There is always plenty of time for teaching, but tender moments don’t come around nearly as often. Tender moments start when a child comes to you with positive or negative emotions. Neither should be short-circuited and turned into educational moments. Other tender moments that get sabotaged may sound like this: “I’m...

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Making Memories with My Son

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Are you teaching life skills to your children? Someday when they leave for college or when they have their own homes, they’ll be grateful that you took the time to teach them. It’s easy to weave those teaching times into everyday moments. I remember an afternoon when my son, Jason, was sixteen. He arrived home from school, and as usual, he was hungry. “Mom, I’m starved, and I’m in the mood for a big stack of your delicious pancakes. Will you make me some? Since I was always looking for opportunities to teach my sons basic skills, I said I wouldn’t make them. “But I will help you learn to make them.” We found the recipe and I sent him on a scavenger hunt to gather the ingredients. While talking about his day at school, we cracked the eggs,...

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Fun Lessons from Spring

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

There’s an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” I don’t know about you, but it makes me oh-so-happy to see all those cheery flowers brightening my yard and town. They’re one of the joys of spring, and the season provides a wonderful opportunity to teach our children about the five senses. TALK ABOUT SIGHT – Watch an ant crawl across the sidewalk and discuss how hard ants work.  Ask your children what they see when they look at flowers. Teach them colors from the blooms—red, pink, purple, yellow, and orange. Look at the different shapes with them. Use the various sizes to talk about concepts like big and small. TALK ABOUT SOUND – Tell your children to listen. What do they hear? Talk about the music of the birds singing. Do you hear the leaves rustling as the...

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