How to Be Content with Enough

  Enough is a funny word.  It seems like we often know when we’ve eaten enough, experienced enough, seen enough, but how often can we recognize that place that gets us right up to enough, but doesn’t take us over? Is enough always related to excess? Can we be content before enough? Is there a place where we can be happy before we reach enough’s excess? I read an article by Ron Lieber this week. He’s …

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Why Leaving a Full Cart of Groceries at the Store is One of the Best Lessons You Can Teach Your Kids

  Ever been to the store and heard a parent say repeatedly, “If you don’t knock it off right now, we’re leaving!” Every two minutes? Or maybe you’ve had your own cringe-worthy threats and found yourself wondering how other people get their kids to walk like normal human beings next to the cart without begging for everything in sight. We have the solution for you. This week’s podcast features parents-of-many, Mary Claire and Paul Fredette. …

How to Teach Kids to be Entrepreneurs

Newspaper routes. It used to be when people thought about young kids and their first jobs, an image of a small boy on a bike flinging newspapers is what would come to mind. All of the cool characters I read about in elementary school had a newspaper route! The boys learned to manage money, interact with customers and be responsible to their first boss. Keep in mind, this was their first job and they were …

Trust Your Parenting First, Then Trust Your Kids

  Trust. How much should we trust our kids? When should we trust them to walk to the park by themselves? To remember their own library books? To get their homework turned in on time? To drive their friends around in the car? I saw this sign on Facebook this week, and although I love it and think it fits in perfectly with my own parenting style, other parents thought it was terrible.     …

This Year, Make the Kids Your Travel Planners

Ever spend thousands of dollars on your family’s dream vacation just to get an eye roll from your teenager the very first day? Makes your blood boil, doesn’t it? And when your husband so helpfully says, “Hey don’t let it get to you! We’re on Va-ca-tion!” does it make you even crazier? Me too. Our family travels – a lot. I mean we aren’t all million mile members on Delta or anything, but we do tend …

Are You Guilty of Participating in the Toddler Wage Gap?

There’s no denying that boys and girls are different. From the way they learn to how they play, they just process the world in unique ways. If I had my doubts, they disappeared the day I left my two preschool boys alone for a moment to take a phone call. In the amount of time it took me to talk to my mom about what we were having for dinner, they managed to open a …

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How Do You Spend Quality Time with Your Kids?

Copyright: daphoto / 123RF Stock Photo Years ago, when my kids were younger, the neighborhood ladies would get together every once in a while for lunch and a little wine while the kids were at school. It was a way to be social, to discuss parenting issues and, well, to drink wine in the middle of the day. I remember one conversation really vividly and it actually changed my life. One of the moms said, …

Do You Intend to Be a Great Parent?

  Be Intentional to Be a Great Parent Intentionality isn’t a word we often associate with parenting. Something about parenting seems much more chaotic than that. Kind of like herding cats. But don’t most of us intend to be a good parent? Being intentional seems like the opposite: calm, purposeful, even powerful. So when our guest this week started talking about being intentional with her kids, it really got me thinking about what makes a …

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All I Want for Christmas is a Brand New Kid: Who Does All of This Stuff Anyway?

Think about the Christmas and kids and there are a lot of things that come to mind. Santa, presents, candy, singing, endless activities are a few. One that probably doesn’t – appreciation. Last week we started a four-week podcast series on teaching kids appreciation and how to cultivate it in your kids. Not to be confused with gratitude, appreciation is more than being thankful for what you have, it is recognizing the sacrifices others make on …

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All I Want For Christmas is a Brand New Kid

Welcome to our four-week series! There are probably a few things you wish you could change about your kids! Over the next few weeks we’re going to work on teaching kids appreciation. As the holidays approach, we sense the frustration from a growing number of parents who say their kids don’t appreciate what they have, so for the next few weeks, we’re going to address that in a mini series of podcasts called Get a …