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

IT’S GETTING EASIER TO LET GO OF STUFF

IT’S GETTING EASIER TO LET GO OF STUFF
After years of accumulating stuff, I’m suddenly obsessed with managing and getting rid of it. And it’s getting easier to let go. One morning last week two glasses shattered when they fell to the floor when I opened the kitchen cabinet. It was not a nice way to start the day, especially before I had my coffee. With two glasses missing, the shelves were still crammed full. How did this happen?  I sometimes run out of glasses when I entertain; how could ther

3 INGREDIENT OREO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE RECIPE

3 INGREDIENT OREO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE RECIPE
This is the stuff that dreams are made of: Oreo Cookie crumbs are blended with cream cheese and covered with a chocolate shell for the best-tasting truffles ever. 30 min prep 1 hr 30 min total Makes 4 doz. or 48 servings, 1 truffle each. Ingredients 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted Instructions MIX  cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs un...

For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year

For Women, It’s the Most Stressful Time of the Year
My husband and I think of ourselves as having a modern marriage. We both have busy jobs, contribute as much as we can to take care of the kids, and with what time and energy we have left, we try to find time to nurture our marriage. We believe we divide up the work in our household evenly. That being said, why is it that I seem to be solely responsible for Christmas? The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, but, in my opinio...

Do You Allow Your Kids to Fail?

Do You Allow Your Kids to Fail?
  I try very hard to let my kids fail so they will learn to cope with life’s difficulties with grace. I hope you try to do so too. When I say “try”, it’s because I am well aware how difficult it is to stand back while your child struggles. Hard as it is, it’s important; in real life there are winners and losers. Not everyone gets a trophy. We all want our kids to be resilient. We also want them to have happy wonderful perfect lives. These two de...

CUTE EDIBLE APPLE TURKEY (THANKSGIVING TREAT)

CUTE EDIBLE APPLE TURKEY (THANKSGIVING TREAT)
READY IN: 5mins YIELD: 1 Turkey INGREDIENTS 1 apple 1⁄4 cup Fruit Loops cereal (if using Fruit Loops you will need a few raisins for the neck) or 1⁄4 cup raisins (if using Fruit Loops you will need a few raisins for the neck) 6 -7 mini marshmallows 7 -11 toothpicks 1 green olives 2 cloves DIRECTIONS To make the feathers: Take raisins or Fruit Loops and slide onto toothpicks about 3/4 the way down. Place a mini-marshmallow on the end. You will nee

Do you experience cousin rivalry at your Thanksgiving?

Do you experience cousin rivalry at your Thanksgiving?
Jealousy and competition are common triggers. I want my son to know and love his cousins. Growing up, I saw my cousins often, and considered them “special friends”. They lived close enough to visit frequently. Unfortunately, my extended family lives in various locations throughout the U.S. and we see them only at family events and holidays. Thanksgiving is my holiday to host, and each year I go to great lengths to give the cousins ample opportunity to con

WHY ARE KIDS IMPATIENT, BORED AND ENTITLED?

WHY ARE KIDS IMPATIENT, BORED AND ENTITLED?
  “Kids today are in a devastating emotional state! Most come to school emotionally unavailable for learning. There are many factors in our modern lifestyle that contribute to this.” ~V.P. In her practice, my friend Victoria Prooday, OT is seeing something so widespread and alarming that I asked if I could share her thoughts. Due to the overwhelming interest and conversation on this topic, I am re-sharing her post. I encourage every parent wh

Who Else Feels Halloween is a Lot of Pressure?

Who Else Feels Halloween is a Lot of Pressure?
I don’t hate Halloween, but to be honest, I feel like it is a lot of pressure. The holiday was much simpler when we were kids. We put together costumes, which to a large extent consisted of whatever old clothes, scarves, hats and necklaces we could scrounge up. Once our outfits were ready, our gang started out in our quest to ring as many doorbells in the neighborhood as we could before carting our goodies home. That night, the neighborhood kids would s...