Recycling and Saving Money Go Hand-in-Hand

Recycling and Saving Money Go Hand-in-Hand
Most people agree that recycling is the right thing to do for the environment. So why is it that so many of us don't do it? I understand it may not be convenient or you might not have the space for the extra trash can, but did you know recycling also puts more money in your pocket? And while you are saving money, you can help slow climate change, prevent overloaded land fills and save energy at the same time. Below are 5 great ways to show you th...

What Does Recycling Have to Do With Climate Change?

What Does Recycling Have to Do With Climate Change?
Climate Change is happening. It is caused largely by human activity and will have many potentially damaging effects in the decades ahead. Most people don't realize that reducing, reusing, and recycling can help slow climate change. Every product has a life cycle, and every step from manufacturing to disposal causes greenhouse gas emissions.  Every time you reduce waste by reducing, reusing and recycling, you help decrease the amount of greenhouse gases ad

Giving Circles: Multiplying the Power and Impact of One by Many

Giving Circles:  Multiplying the Power and Impact of One by Many
A growing number of contemporary women are looking to meet like-minded people by participating in meaningful philanthropic efforts. The usual fundraising activities, such as organizing galas, are a lot of work and not particularly fulfilling for many. So, what’s the alternative if you are one of these women? The answer might be to consider starting or joining a giving circle.   WHAT IS A GIVING CIRCLE A giving circle is a charitable collective ...

11 Ways to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids

11 Ways to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids
  Bonus: They'll be happier adults too. A friend recently confided in me that her son, age 7, is "such a softie." She cherishes his tenderness but worries he isn't learning to be, in her words, tough. In the current climate of individualism and look-at-me culture, it makes sense that parents would choose to groom their children in grit over politeness, but parenting experts say they need both. Mettle and resilience shouldn't develop at the expense o

How To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence

How To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence
Homes in Conway, S.C., are surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence on Monday. Many rivers in the Carolinas are approaching record flood stages and their levels will continue to rise through the week. (Photo Source: npr.org Floodwaters keep rising in the Carolinas as post-Tropical Storm Florence continues to dump rain on the region. The dangerous storm has already left more than 30 dead and displaced thousands of others, leaving them without el

How A Young Bully Is Born

How A Young Bully Is Born
  There's a fine line between thoughtless or selfish actions and true bullying among young children. If your child is a preschooler, their overly assertive actions may simply be a way of testing the boundaries of what's acceptable. They are still learning basic social skills and figuring out how to manage their own emotions. To some extent, easing and grabbing are part of every little kid's development. At this age, a kid acts less deliberately ...

The pain of feeling left out of the “mom” group and what I learned from it

The pain of feeling left out of the “mom” group and what I learned from it
Most of us have experienced feeling left out at one time or another. One would think that by the time we were moms we would not still feel hurt when it happens, but unfortunately it still stings. Years ago, I vividly remember approaching three other moms when dropping off my child for the first time at a new preschool. I smiled shyly and told them I was a first-timer at this school, hoping for a warm response. Instead I received blank stares. The moms t...

How to talk to children about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton

How to talk to children about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton
  At a time when parents, teachers and students are normally focused on readying themselves for the start of a new school year, Americans find themselves shocked and shaken at the senseless shootings this past weekend. We grieve for the victims of the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Parents wonder how to talk to their children about these types of horrific events and question why we live in a world where this conv...

Four Special Dad Memories

Four Special Dad Memories
  With Father's Day approaching quickly, I've been thinking alot about my dad. I have many sweet memories from my childhood that seem to surface at this time each year.. Thought I'd share just a few... *Saturday nights at our house were really fun when we were young kids. All of us gathered around the coffee table in the living room where dad turned off the lights and read us Sherlock Holmes stories by candlelight. *Our original family was...

Talking to Elementary School Students About the School Shooting in Texas

Talking to Elementary School Students About the School Shooting in Texas
Again. Another tragic school shooting, this time in our own state. On Friday, May 18, 2018, 10 innocent people were gunned down and another 13 injured. When will the violence stop? How can we keep our families safe? Our children are frightened, as are we. How do we talk to our kids about these types of horrific events and how to move forward? Elementary School Aged Children In talking about this event with elementary-aged students, we recommend: •