There’s Actually a Science to Raising Happy Kids

I’ve been a member of Happify.com for some time now. I don’t always have time to do the exercises they have, and that is definitely my loss because they’re often fun and worthwhile. I’ll have to get back to them soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this infographic they created about helping kids be happy. […]

Stocks, Bonds, & Soccer Moms: Michelle Perry Higgins’ Book Helps Organize, Balance Moms

I don’t know if you’re aware, Heroes, that I spent some time trying to be a professional organizer several years ago. I got trained and everything! Organizing and structuring are two very important tasks in my life; without those efforts I would have gone screaming out of the house tearing at my hair many years […]

Refuse to Choose

Because I’m an advocate for increased emphasis on academics, there are some groups that try to drag me into their “sports get too much attention” message. While I might agree with the basic tenet of their argument, there are three reasons why I won’t get caught up in that fight. First, it’s a losing battle. […]

Gut Check: Are We Too Busy?

When the older boys were just toddlers we were friends with a family that had three pre-teen children. The one message we heard from them constantly revolved around how busy they were keeping up with the kids’ schedules. They quickly became the anti-…. read the rest over at GNMParents (now ForeverParenting.com). The post is titled […]

Working Towards Balance

[begin somber voice-over]As the pendulum swings…these are the days of our lives.[end voice-over] Ever feel like you live your life swinging from one extreme to another? It’s maddening, isn’t it? I don’t like extremes much. Absolutes are fine, but extremes I avoid. Schooling the older boys in particular has not been easy over the years. […]

Why I Avoid Extremes in Parenting

Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-why destroy yourself? Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool-why die before your time? It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes. Ecclesiastes 7: 16-18 NIV I looked this passage up […]