Mom, Put Down Your Cell Phone and Pay Attention to Me!

Mom, Put Down Your Cell Phone and Pay Attention to Me!
Are you connected much of the time to your mobile device? Do you answer texts or check email while sharing a meal with your children?Are you distracted because you are waiting for a response? In this digital age, many parents complain their children are constantly plugged in. You may not realize children may feel the same way about their parents. What kind of message does it give your child if whatever is on your screen is more important to you than the...

Is It Possible MY Child Is The Bully???

Is It Possible MY Child Is The Bully???
Learning that your child is picking on others or was labeled a bully can be shocking and upsetting. My son, John, was overweight in middle school and teased terribly by the other boys. He shared his deep feelings of sadness and rejection with us frequently. We talked often about tools which might help deal with the bullies. Imagine our surprise when we received a phone call from another parent who told us our child punched their son, Logan, in the stoma...

5 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience

5 Things Children Born in 2018 Will Probably Never Experience
With technology advancing further and faster than ever before, kids born today will only read about what our lives were like growing up. Below is a list of realities from our childhood that our kids will likely never experience firsthand. Long Boring Travel Our family sang, talked or played car games on long car trips. These distractions provided great memories, a chance to look out the window at the scenery passing by, and the opportunity to really sp

Raising a Compassionate Child

Raising a Compassionate Child
  image source: The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse   Children have an inborn capacity for compassion and seem to naturally identify with other kids and underdogs. I watched my son, Michael, as a toddler, cry tears of empathy while watching The Red Balloon day after day for years. This 34 minute short by Albert Lamorisse was my favorite childhood movie and remains one of the most beloved children's films of all time. It is a deceptively simp

Talking to Elementary School Students About the School Shooting in Florida

Talking to Elementary School Students About the School Shooting in Florida
Our collective hearts were broken this year on February 14th. Instead of a day full of love, the nation was shocked with the news of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 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:

Best Ways to Help Fire Victims in Northern California

Best Ways to Help Fire Victims in Northern California
  Fire crews are making headway in California, but they still have work to do. Since the onset of the fires, there’s been an outpouring of donations via money, volunteers and items. Organizations from all over continue to receive a “generous” amount of donations, according to Pam Nold, executive assistant at United Way of the Wine Country. Due to the large number of donated items, numerous organizations stress that financial assistance is the best ...

What is the State of Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico?

What is the State of Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico?
  The Trump administration said on Thursday that it would temporarily waive a century-old shipping law for Puerto Rico , known as the Jones Act, in response to a request from Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló of Puerto Rico.  that officials there said was hindering disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria. Governor Rosselló and federal officials on Thursday said that more fuel, food and flights were beginning to reach the island. Increasingly desperate

Hurricane Irma – Ways to Help

Hurricane Irma – Ways to Help
Many relief organizations are doing double duty responding to the whammy of Hurricane Harvey and Irma in a two-week time frame. On Monday, as the now-Tropical Storm Irma continued its perilous trek northward — and a third hurricane was lurking near Turks and Caicos — jurisdictions begin to pick up the pieces and assess the toll. And Americans, again, are eager to help. Here are some organizations where you can direct your dollars:    

Hurricane Harvey: Easy Donations Via Amazon Wish List

Hurricane Harvey: Easy Donations Via Amazon Wish List
I spent the day today sorting donations for Hurricane Harvey at one of the drop off locations. I was amazed at the generosity and outpouring of love and support. I saw mounds of clothing, personal items, new underwear, games and coloring books for the kids, and the list goes on and on. As time goes on, those displaced will need continued help. Many people ask what is needed and how to donate, especially those who do not live in Texas where they can driv...

Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help

Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help
The torrential and unceasing rainfall in the Houston area is expected to lead to more than 50 inches of rain and catastrophic flooding. Tens of thousands spent the weekend in shelters and countless others are stuck in their homes. Emergency dispatchers are overwhelmed. As was the case in previous disasters, the American people rallied to help support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many residents are in fear of what they will find when able to retur...