5 Ways You Can Prepare for Christmas Early

Christmas can come quickly. It’s already August and this year has gone by quick. In an effort to prepare for Christmas this year early I’ve been taking steps to get organized. I’d really love to have everything done hopefully reducing the stress of the holidays. Here are some things I plan to do starting now. …

I Find Fault in Teaching Girls to be Modest

There are many reasons that, as I became adult, I stepped away from organized religion. I still believe in God and Jesus. I still am Christian, but I believe organized religion focuses way too much on everything bad with people, judging, and putting unreasonable expectations on others. One of the lessons I have always hated …

8 Ways to Teach Children to be Honest

As parents we want to create an environment for our children that fosters trust and honesty. I remember when I was a child there were several reasons I would lie to my parents. Usually due to fear of discipline. Lying is an easy habit our kids can get into, starting at a young age, we …

How to Raise an Open-Minded Child

We are increasingly at odds with one another. It can be increasingly obvious as the United States continues in such a bipartisan split. What’s important in raising our children is to teach them to understand, to learn, to question, and to never just take things at face value. Exposing our children to diversity in religious, …

Your Children Deserve Privacy Too: Do Not Share

Just over a year ago my daughter was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have been doing all I can to learn about Autism and specifically learn from the #actuallyautistic community. There are, however, some things I see that should not be just mentioned in regard to neuro-diverse children. For instance, recently I have seen several …

Negative Versus Positive Language: How Negative Language Can Affect Kids

How we live our lives and create our own happiness can be affected drastically by the language we use. Using negative language versus positive language can create dramatic mood shifts, lowered self-esteem and self-confidence daily. This can also affect how we parent our children and how our children learn to speak to themselves or others. …

Emotional Intelligence and Coping with Disappointment

Since becoming a mother, I have looked more into goals I have for myself, self-improvement goals. Who am I now, who do I want to be, what are my weaknesses and how can I improve on those weaknesses. I was not a very emotionally intelligent child, I was overly sensitive, unaware most of the time …