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…

    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 …

    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 …

    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 …

    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 …

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    Children Stress Free Christmas
    November 21, 2013
    8 Tips for Keeping Your Children Stress Free This Christmas Season

    Holiday season is right on top of us. Even though stores were playing Christmas music and putting out Christmas decorations before Halloween, it isn’t officially what I would consider “Christmas…

    Holiday Leftovers
    November 20, 2013
    10 Tips for Using Holiday Leftovers

    A feast is always one of the highlights of the holiday season. We go all out planning, cooking, and yes, eating the feast. But when it’s all done and the table has been cleared, what do we do with a…

    Avoiding Overeating
    November 19, 2013
    Tips for Avoiding Overeating During the Holidays

    Here come the holidays and with them comes food, food and more food. If you believe the old saying, “through the lips and onto the hips”, you’re probably already stressing out over how you’re …

    Holiday Meal Planning
    November 18, 2013
    Steps for Holiday Meal Planning for the Family

    The holiday season is almost right on top of us. For many of us, that can evoke an immediate sense of panic. What are we going to plan for the all-important meal? How do we plan for it and not stress …

    Feel Needed
    November 15, 2013
    Fighting The Urge To Feel Needed

    “They are only little once.” “They won’t need me forever.” “That looks hard, let me do that for you!” Oddly enough, these are the parenting phrases that I try to avoid. I firmly believe …