The Winning Loser

Last night was Knox County’s Elite track meet covering all of Knox county. Kids must first place in the top 4 in the first, smaller meet to qualify. Over 800 kids attended last night’s meet, including around 20 kids from our little, ole’ school, which is pretty impressive. Surprisingly, Brody was one of those! Most…

Let me borrow your earbuds

Today, I had one of those moments as a counselor that comes back to you later in the day. While most problems I choose to leave behind at work, one followed me home today and just spoke to me. I’ve replayed a heartfelt statement made by a 10-year-old girl about her mother over in my…

Why we don’t need happy kids

The old cliché is that we just want our kids to be happy. Ideally, they find their passion and live happily ever after. Go to school, easily make good grades, go to college, get a secure job, buy a house, get married, and have some children. The timeline was predictable and easily attainable for most. But,…

Cake pops and banana bread

My children love baking. It’s become a hobby of Anna’s. Inspired by shows like Worst Cooks in America and Cupcake Wars, to name a few, she loves whipping things together with no recipe. Typically, her homemade baked goods are inedible but she’s not doing it to eat, really. She just likes doing the live commentary as if…

The BEST gift….

It’s the frenzied time of year where even making a quick trip to the store seems like a chore. Is it really worth it with all the traffic? Forget the West Town Mall exit. And, you couldn’t pay me to go to Turkey Creek. It’s nuts out there….like really nuts! People are shooting each other…

We are all smart!

We used to hear a lot about the left vs. right brain. And, it does seem accurate that many people with have a strength in math rather than language, and vice versa. It’s not that we can’t succeed in both but it’s almost like one comes more naturally, and it does. But, what I’m trying…

Love you, wrinkles and all!

Simple truth: kids love unconditionally. It’s a window of time that I recognize is fleeting. This sweet phase offers a kind of security that cannot be replicated in other relationships. It won’t last much longer. And, not everyone experiences it. So, if you are a parent, stop and pause. Pause and be grateful that even…

The rules must change: Realignment

I am all about consistency. Children thrive on routines, structure, and boundaries; we all know that. But, today I am here to tell you that sometimes the rules and plans change. Just like a classroom with their teacher, kids just get too comfortable sometimes and you have to tighten up the reins from time to…

What a good father will do:

It’s Father’s Day, a day to celebrate dads! Some of us are fortunate enough to have been raised in a 2-parent home with loving dads, while others were not. Some of us felt the security of having a father around while others were raised by single mothers. Many children will grow up not being able…

Teaching empathy

Imagining how others feel or taking the time to recognize that something may be wrong is an action that doesn’t come naturally to all. Some souls are born more in tune with the world, just more aware, loving, and caring. It’s true that some kids are just more sensitive. Take Anna, for instance. When she…

Join the movement #lazywins

So, if there are more parents out there still in your pj’s being total slackers, don’t stop- join me. Join the movement. Sled on, kids.

Nature vs. Nurture?

Oh, the mysteries of raising children. There are bookoo’s of books to guide us, tons of mom bloggers and ‘experts’, and a plethora of ranging advice and theories on how to most successfully raise kids. It’s often conflicting information, changing techniques, and definitely evolving. I, too, want to have an understanding of the latest school…