20 Small Actions To Help You Connect

20 Small Actions To Help You ConnectCan you believe how fast the year is going? It’s almost the end of February already! How can this happen. One minute I’m thinking about New Year resolutions and all of a sudden 2 months has zoomed past.

If you are a busy parent I’m sure you experience the same thing. One minute your child is a snugly baby and two blinks later they are old enough for preschool. You see them off to their first day in kindergarten and before you know it you are helping them get ready for graduation.

Yikes!

How can we slow down the days and treasure the precious moments with our children? Well I wrote about that here.

Still life does get awfully busy doesn’t it? And sometimes it feels as if there simply isn’t enough time in the day to make the kinds of connections we desire. What’s a parent to do? [Read more…]

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What If One is Enough?

What If One is EnoughMy partner and I were talking about the tradition of sending a dozen red roses as a way of conveying love. I understand the significance of the roses, but why twelve? Where on earth did that number come from? I did a little research and discovered that it is a custom that has arisen from the significance of the number twelve within many aspects of nature, religion, and philosophy.

I also noted that the only websites providing such information were flower shops.

Hmmmmm!

I couldn’t help wondering if this has more to do with profit margins than religious significance. If you can persuade people that only a dozen roses will properly convey love then you stand to make a much greater profit.

But what if one beautiful rose is enough? Do we really need eleven more? [Read more…]

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6 Acts of Kindness For Valentine’s Day

6 Acts of Kindness for Valentine's DayEvery year when Valentines rolls around I find myself torn. On the one hand I love the idea of a day that celebrates love. On the other hand I feel increasingly uncomfortable about how consumer driven this event has become. The first deluge of Valentine Day merchandise appeared in the stores of our small town the week after Christmas. I kid you not! In fact I wrote about it here

I’m also astonished at how much Valentine stuff there is! Is it really necessary to bring more clutter and junk into our houses? Could we find a different way to share love on Valentine’s Day? Could we model a way of celebrating the day that helps our families offer the gift of love and kindness?

Here are 6 acts of kindness to help your family celebrate Valentine’s Day [Read more…]

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Listen to Your Heart.

Overwelmed by all the arenting advice out there? Listen to your heart.

It’s not always easy this parenting thing is it? If only there was some magic formula we could apply to the process, something that would guarantee the right results. But that is not the case. There may be a few, generalized principals we can follow, but every child is different. And so every child will benefit from a slightly different parenting approach.

There is a lot of parenting information out there. In some ways that is a blessing. If I want to find out more about a certain parenting issue I can turn to Google, tap in my questions, and instantly get a million and one answers.

And that is the downside. The amount of information is overwhelming. And to make matters worse many of the answers seem to contradict each other.

So many opinions. So many ideas. What’s a parent to do? [Read more…]

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