All posts tagged: advice

Summer Activities That Work for Kids at Different Ages

It’s summer! That means little ones are home from school and there’s lots of time every day that needs to be filled! Or so I imagine. As you know, I don’t have any cuties myself, but I am an observer of humans, and that goes for little ones as well. They seem to me to have an abundance of energy and a lot of time to kill. So, I want to help out all of you grown humans in charge of them…

Move Forward, But…

Recently, I was watching the Real Housewives of New York and noticed that every time there was an emotional blowup of sorts, one of the women would inevitably say something like, “I just want to move forward.” That’s great, but they kept wanting to “move forward” without at all addressing the terrible thing they did (or that was done to them by a fellow RHONY costar). We all need to live in the present and look to the future, never letting the past hold us back. BUT, we must first deal with what happened. If we don’t, we won’t heal, and we’ll never really move past it. It’s hard, but I’ll hold your hand. Here’s how we do it….

Lies Explode Like Eggs in a Microwave

Don’t lie. Life will be much simpler.

Even lies that seem to start out small or “harmless” will erode sooner than later and just cause us more trouble. We’ll end up becoming stressed and confused and life will be harder for us than if we just told the truth in the first place.

To avoid lying, we have to get to the bottom of why people do it in the first place. There are two answers:

I’m Not Me if I Can’t….

If I can’t create, I’m not me. I learned this truth about a year ago, when it became increasingly apparent to me that life behind a computer is arduous, while one in front of dreamy racks of clothes to be styled is heavenly.

If we aren’t doing the greatest things we were created to do, we’ll never be fulfilled. I have MS. I never write about this or talk about it on social media. It’s not because I’m trying to be secretive. It’s because of a lot of other reasons…

Cold Weather Activities for Kids!

When cold weather hits my first thought is to stay inside and hibernate. Unfortunately, children don’t have that tendency. The more they are cooped up, the crazier they act. The only way to fight the winter crazies is to burn off all of that energy! We are really lucky to live where there are plenty of outdoor activities in the winter time. My daughter loves to stay busy and I love to watch her experience new things, so I signed her up for a few lessons this winter. I’m a teacher, so my first instinct is to sign up for a class whenever possible. But, that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t teach your own child these activities. Also, if you have an older child who already knows how to ski or skate, lessons might not fit your needs. A family outing to the rink, park, or mountain could be your answer to the winter blues. We started off the winter with ice skating lessons. It was a huge success. My daughter is four and had …

New Year…New Me?

With each new day I strive to become a better person than I was the day before. Setting daily goals helps us meet our longer-term goals. Make a decision with each new day to move closer towards a dream! Let’s take one of the most recognized New Year’s Resolutions…Getting Healthy/Losing Weight. Most people will start out strong, making daily trips to the gym, cutting carbs, or even choosing “diets” that are harmful to their bodies. Instead of going all in, set daily or weekly goals for yourself. If you choose a salad over that juicy cheeseburger you have been eating for lunch, you have made a step towards your goal. Too often people will set goals that are far from realistic with the resources they have. After a period of time setting too high of an expectation for themselves they “fail” and get discouraged allowing their resolution to go as quick as it started. Now set down that bowl of ice cream and take a walk around the block instead…you will thank yourself later. While you are at …