How to Hold a Family Meeting

how to hold a family meeting

After first publishing this post in 2013, our family has held many family meetings. Sometimes they took place in the car, but more often than not, they happened around the dinner table. As my teens have gotten older, it's harder to pin everyone down, but I am reminded how important it is to come together, make plans, share goals and schedules, and any fear or frustrations about current life situations. If you have never held a family meeting I encourage you to start this year. It can be super simple. Start your first ... [Continue Reading]

Raising Polite Kids

raising polite kids.jpg

  Since writing this post last year, I've heard a lot of parents talk to me about the lack of respect that kids have toward adults in our culture right now. I see it too, but I still have to wonder where kids learn to be polite to others, including their peers. Raising polite kids is not for the faint of heart. It starts when they are teeny tiny and it never really ends and it's a job that requires constant attention. With our technology filled world, most of us (adults included) have our noses in a device ... [Continue Reading]

Learning to Say Sorry

mommy note

Seems like I just wrote this blog post, but in reality it has been almost two years. The only thing that has changed is that the twins are now 16 and I'm older too. I'm STILL learning to say sorry. I actually think it's easier than when they were younger, but the stakes are higher. What I've noticed is that as my kids get older I actually value their opinion, their point of view, and their unique perspective on situations. They are way wiser than me when I was 16 and I suppose that's good. And here's what I want you ... [Continue Reading]

How Old Should a Teen Be to Date?

teen dating

I pulled this post out the archives because it's a question that I've been asked a few times over the last month. Now that my twins are 16 and my son has a girlfriend, these words are so relevant. They indeed did not start dating until they were 16 and I'm so glad we had this boundary. Still, I'd love to hear your thoughts about teen dating and what your family decided.  This post is more of a question than anything else. It's a question about "How old should a teen be to start dating?" I have 14 year old, 8th grade ... [Continue Reading]

A Manifesto for Moms

Manifesto for moms

When I first started this website I wanted a place that I could share parenting moments and struggles. It's grown into so much more and I'm so thankful for each of you that stop by here to read a thing or two. I wrote this Manifesto for Moms as I launched this site because it's all the things I wish I had known, wish someone would have told me, and things I would want other moms to know. It's still one of my favorite things I've ever written and no matter how old my kids get, these things still hold true for me. I ... [Continue Reading]