Get your beauty rest!

It amazes me how sleep deprived our young children are. With some years of experience under my belt as a School Counselor, I began to realize that many problems in elementary age children could be prevented if children were simply getting enough rest. I-pads, phones, gaming systems, and t.v.’s are robbing our children of the…

“It is ok to say you’re welcome…”

  Every year, I have an attention-grabber for school. Sometimes, I’ve found them online. And more often, I think of the most recent children’s movie hit and boom! I’ve got my attention-grabber for ‘guidance’ or leadership class! Ready to rock? …….Ready to roll! Who’s the one who likes to play?……….. Bing Bong! Bing Bong! Just…

Dear Parent,

Change is hard. Period. Adults, especially, have a hard time breaking habits, accepting a new job or responsibility, and trusting new people or ways. We are creatures of habit. We don’t want to change. We like what we like and we are sometimes resistant to even good changes. It’s the unknown that can feel scary…

A Piece of Clay

Don’t you kind of secretly wish your child would be interested in the same things you are? It’s not the worst thing when someone comments on how your child reminds them of you, or looks like you (which rarely happens in my case)! But, it teeters on a compliment when your kid is called ‘mini-Sarah’….

You are what you eat….

If you are what you eat, I am a caramel macchiato. That was my treat this afternoon, and it’s buy one get one free for the next couple days! …(so good!) But, seriously, how bad is that!? I’d feel a little guilty if I did this every day. But, every once in a while, we…

Chocolate cake and kitchen messes

It’s definitely my number one pet peeve for 21st century kids and parents. I just cannot stand watching families eat their Sunday lunch at restaurants while every family member is on their phone. And, I find it ultra-annoying that parents allow children to have their device anytime they have to wait, at the doctor, at…

Instead of…

Yesterday, a ‘girl’ or woman in her 20’s was at my house.We were chatting about our neighborhood and I was telling her what I like most about it. Mainly, I love our neighbors and the fact that my children can play outside without me worrying about them. She smiled and said she doesn’t have kids…

I’m FAT!

That 3-letter word produces some powerful emotions, and I’ve heard it a lot lately. It can be the biggest insult. One put-down can ruin a child’s fragile self-esteem. But, it’s also just as damaging when a child believes this about themself. One might expect to hear this from girls since their bodies go through some drastic…

Back-to-school tips

  Yes, it’s still sweltering hot and we should be lounging at the pool instead of squeezing into desks but sadly we have no choice. Summer flies by and school is back in session soon, folks! There’s always a mix a sadness and excitement as back-to-school supplies hit the Target shelves and kids eagerly pick…

Finish what you started

Inky Johnson’s motivational speech Please take the time to watch Inky Johnson’s motivational speech, above. I’ve heard him speak before but it never gets old. It’s not about football; it’s about life. It’s about challenges, problems, and obstacles. It’s about not cheating. It’s really about a mindset that many, maybe even most choose not to…

Osmosis

Mark it on the calendar. Put it in the history books. Anna asked to go running twice, not once but twice, this past week. For a girl who doesn’t believe in exercise or sweating and claims soccer is too much running, this is a miracle! Now, she has to look good while she’s out for her…

Withdrawal

It has only been four days, ok less than four days since I started my challenge. No Facebook for one month. It sounds silly; it sounds easy (and it is for some)….But, I am in withdrawal! It’s a habit, and a habit that I just wanted to see if I could change. It’s a pointless…