Christmas Memories

This has been a year to reflect on our family Christmas memories. With the death of my daughter this year the details of Christmas are more pronounced than ever.  The glaring reminders that it is time to celebrate even though I’m not quite in the mood.  I’ve found that I am over-consciously aware of my surroundings.  […]

Is Your Home Filled With Laughter?

Dare 15 With All Due Respect

When our kids are little it is easy to laugh at the cute things they say and do.  Even during those early years of school we watch with excitement as they encounter new experiences and are filled with wonder.  And then as our kids become tweens and teens the climate in most homes changes.  Instead […]

Seizing the Moment

Sitting in my kitchen drinking my morning tea, I had my to-do list in hand. All those things I didn’t get done last week!! If you are like me, sometimes I obsess over what hasn’t gotten accomplished. Life is good when things are being removed from my to-do list. It’s finished…time to celebrate by marking […]

When Tempers Flare (Part I)

Nothing spurs me on more than interacting with a wife and mother who “gets it”.  Notice I didn’t say, “always gets it right”.  It’s just that she recognizes that something needs to change in the communication with her husband.  And if this mom had teenagers, I’m guessing she would become painfully aware of how communication […]

Dare 17 – The Respect Dare – Behind the Scenes – For Parents of Twenty-Somethings

The phone had been silent for several days and Shannon began to worry. Silence usually meant something was going on that her daughter didn’t want her to know about. Silence meant whatever was happening was something that her daughter knew she wouldn’t approve of. Silence meant this chasm would widen, the earth would give way, […]

Dare 15 – The Respect Dare – Where Is Your Treasure? – For Parents of 20-Somethings

Several years ago as I was finishing up some bills at my desk, I had the urge to call my son who was away at college. Looking at the clock, I hesitated. “Maybe he’s in bed”, I thought to myself. “It is almost 11:00.” I knew it was wishful thinking on my part to believe […]