Putting the Thankfulness into Thanksgiving

Hello, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. What does the holiday mean for you and your family? My grandchildren are extremely fortunate. They are fortunate that they are healthy, that they were born to their particular parents and that they … Continue reading






How Much Activity is Too Much?

Hi, The kids are settled into school and now you are looking at their extra-curricular time. I know you’ve already booked them into soccer, gymnastics, piano and/or drama. All the times and places are on your calendar which is full … Continue reading






We Need To Let Our Kids Grow Up.

Hi, Open up any facebook posting this week and you’ll see comments from parents sending kids off to Kindergarten, High School and University. The big transitions. The trick is to celebrate. It’s exciting. It means that you have done our … Continue reading






Is Ashley Ready for a Sleepover Party?

Hello, How has your summer been?  What were the highlights? We took a trip to visit a number of friends and relatives with summer cottages. We were, in fact, cottage-surfing. The Ontario weather was not exactly the best but the visits … Continue reading






Planning Now Will Make Back to School a Breeze

  Hi, Well I’m back from holidays feeling rested and ready for the rest of the summer. Today we’re going to take a look at preparing for the Fall.  Yes, it will be here before we know it. Settle back … Continue reading






When Do Bribes Work?

If You Behave I’ll Give You a Candy. Recently I read an article about running errands with kids. The premise was that you make it fun and comfortable for all. The author talked about preparing the children for the outing. … Continue reading






Kids in the Kitchen

Hello, Today we’re going to about involving your kids in meal preparation. While your do that,  I am off having wonderful restaurant meals in Southern Oregon.  Ashland and the Oregon theatre festival to be exact. It’s an annual trip for us … Continue reading






Is Parenting Instinctive?

Hi, June in our area of the world is always uncertain. Every day is different. It often seems as if we have all four seasons at some point during the month. And then, in my experience, on about July 10 … Continue reading






The Dreaded Final Exams

Hello, If you are reading this during the evening, pacific time I will be enjoying a lovely meal with my husband and a few close friends. We are celebrating our forty-ninth wedding anniversary. How time flies! How fortunate I am … Continue reading






Is Sacrifice a Dirty Word?

Hi,  It seems the first version of this post hit some snags so I am starting over and hope this works. Is sacrifice a dirty word? What is the line between meeting our kids needs and looking after ourselves? It … Continue reading