The Lawnmower Parent Nov 04, 2020

Nothing smells quite as great to me as freshly cut grass. I love it during the summer when neighbors are out mowing their lawns. It’s beautiful, fresh, and a sure sign of summer!

“Lawnmower parent” is a fairly new term. College professor Karen Fancher wrote a blog post...

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Kids failing in school? You're not alone! Oct 28, 2020

If you look at the image above, you will see a copy of each of my 4 kids current transcripts.

There are lots of all letters of grades from A’s to F’s. From 4’s to 1’s. (In the early elementary school system here they give the kids a number grade. 4 is excellent 1 is...

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Homemade Noodle Fiasco (Plus a Great Recipe!) failure and success parenting recipes Oct 22, 2020

My mom used to make homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles.

I pretty much loved the noodles best. There was no such thing as too many noodles in my bowl of soup.

I've made homemade egg noodles occasionally. They take a lot of time to get them rolled out, cut into strips and then...

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The Trail We Leave Behind Oct 14, 2020

This past week I spent several hours on a plane while traveling home to Utah from my daughter’s house in Wisconsin.

I love flying. I’m fascinated with the way the plane feels, the tiny houses I can see below, the beautiful landscapes, and especially the clouds. There’s nothing...

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Empathy vs. Sympathy Oct 08, 2020

Humans hate being uncomfortable. We don’t like feeling pain, grief, fear, anxiety, depression, heartache, sorrow, and a variety of other emotions. When our brains start feeling pain, they want to “fix” the problem or find ways to avoid feeling those emotions.

This is why...

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Anger! Oct 06, 2020

Anger is one of the biggest issues that we deal with in our homes and society. We can find it anywhere we look.

Learning to manage it in a healthy way is essential and a much needed tool that is missing in society.

Understanding anger, what it does, where it comes from, and how to recognize your...

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