Coping
    January 2, 2014
    Coping with the Crying

    She’s not fine, I thought. She keeps crying. I’m doing something wrong. I have no idea what to do. These are the things I remember thinking in the first few months of my twin daughters’ lives. M…

    mom melt
    January 1, 2014
    Avoiding a Mommy Meltdown

    We’ve all been there. A really, really long day. The children haven’t been listening or they have been fighting or crying non-stop. And we haven’t had a chance to take care of ourselves. The lit…

    Mom Burnout
    December 31, 2013
    3 Causes of Mom Burnout

    It's not just all that hard work and those daily battles wearing you out. You NEED time for yourself. You know you do. And sometimes, you even get a little -- but not nearly as much as you wish or nee…

    Happy Mornings
    December 30, 2013
    The Art of Happy Mornings

    I really love mornings. I love the newness of the day, the opportunity -- the chance to get it all right, for once. And I love the coffee. But what I don’t love is when the really early alarm goes o…

    Gifts that Return
    December 27, 2013
    Gifts that Return

    This story is reprinted by permission from a work originally published in 1987, with special thanks to Linda Fogg Phillips.  It was early Christmas morning.  We kids had opened all of Santa’s gift…

    Gifts of the Heart Return to the Giver
    December 27, 2013
    Gifts of the Heart Return to the Giver

    Traditions are the threads that sew the hearts of families together throughout the generations of time.  One such tradition started when I was a child in my family of seven children.  Our tradition …

    Holidays Kids and Life
    December 26, 2013
    Holidays, Kids and Life

    There's a poorly decorated, fake Christmas tree standing in the corner of my living room. It is not the fresh evergreen, decked in frosted glass balls that I dreamed I would have as a grown up. The tr…

    Ultimate Opportunity
    December 23, 2013
    The Ultimate Opportunity

    Develop a legacy of compassion around the holidays My wife and I are blessed with three great kids, now ages 19-26. Something we've learned along the way is the importance of tradition to kids, so we'…

    gift from Santa
    December 20, 2013
    The Day My Child Became a Giver

    Our family began a Christmas Eve tradition two years ago. Whether we are home or on the road, we put cash into 17 envelopes that have been decorated by my children. My children walk up to 17 people th…

    joyce-lee-makey
    December 20, 2013
    Children can “Makey Makey” Anything…

    Creativity, hands-on learning, and cutting-edge technology; that’s what inspires me as a physician, educator, and mom. I have recently been extolling the benefits of cardboard for creativity, but I …

    Cardboard
    December 18, 2013
    Cardboard, the new App for our Family

    I love technology, and I use a lot of it in my work life . As a result my children love it as well, and probably spend too much time using it. There are some really great educational applications for …

    MAKING HOLIDAYS TIES THAT BIND
    December 7, 2013
    Holidays in “Blended Families”: Making Holidays Ties That Bind, not Ties That Break

    Scheduling, Scheduling, Scheduling. What Are We to Do? Stepfamilies include at least one parent in another household. This fact can make holiday scheduling daunting. Because both mom and dad want to b…

    Digital Citizenship Conversation
    December 6, 2013
    Starting the Digital Citizenship Conversation

    The Oxford Dictionaries recently named “Selfie” their 2013 Word of the Year – proof that technology is shaking things up and that devices, apps, and services aren’t going anywhere fast. But ev…

    Talking to Kids about the Basics
    December 2, 2013
    Online Safety, Security, and Privacy: Talking to Kids about the Basics

    Cross the road without looking and you might get hit by a car. Touch a hot stove and it might really hurt. Kids are taught the basics of common sense early. But are we teaching them to apply the same …

    MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF BECOMING A TEAM
    November 29, 2013
    Meeting the Challenge of Becoming a Team

    As I said in last post, parents and stepparents do have different roles. However, they do still need to become a team, supporting each other, helping each other, and working together. Parents do need …

    PARENTING AND DISCIPLINE IN BLENDED FAMILIES
    November 28, 2013
    Parenting and Discipline in “Blended Families”

    Parents and stepparents feel differently about kids. Stepparents, even if they care about their stepkids, do not begin with a deeply established heart connection with them. Furthermore, habits, values…

    INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS
    November 27, 2013
    Insiders and Outsiders

    Stepmother: When your kids are here, I might as well be a piece of furniture. Dad: But they’re my kids, what do you expect? Stepmother: I expect you to treat me like I’m your wife! Dad: How many t…

    FROM ENEMIES TO INTIMATES
    November 26, 2013
    From Enemies to Intimates

    Becoming a stepfamily is a process, not an event. It takes time, counted not in days or months, but years. My experience, corroborated by the research, is that even “fast” families take a couple o…

    HELPING-STEPKIDS-TO-THRIVE
    November 25, 2013
    Helping Stepkids to Thrive

    A stepfamily is a fundamentally different structure upon which to build intimate relationships than a first-time family. The familiar phrase “blended families” does not prepare stepcouples for the…

    Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals
    November 22, 2013
    Setting Realistic Health Resolutions and Goals

    Many people are already making their New Year’s resolutions and thinking, “this time I’m going to stick with it.” So often however, our resolutions go the way side within a few weeks. In one s…