Parenting and life get complicated and the stress and pressure can get so high that we end up feeling like everything matters. But, fortunately, some things don’t matter. Here is a simple list of ideas to help you refocus and make your own list of things that matter and things that don’t. [Read more…]
Play more with your kids. A New Year’s resolution? Maybe. But, many people fail grandly at New Year’s resolutions. Planning to create some new habits instead re-frames goals so that you are more likely to succeed. Here’s more on how that works. [Read more…]
You can’t beat hiking with your kids, especially in the fall. The weather is perfect – not too hot, not too cold, just right. The trails aren’t nearly as busy as in the summer since a lot of travelers have gone home to get ready for school. And, it’s beautiful in the woods in the fall. Oh the colors, no matter where you live!
Now, when I say “hiking” I’m not talking about arduous, thigh killer events that make you want to say, “We did it. NEVER doing that again.” We’ve known folks who hike like they have invented speed hiking or something. No slowing down once they hit the trail. But that didn’t work for us, or for our kids. Then we figured out a few things. Here’s what we came up with. [Read more…]
I read Next Avenue which is a site devoted to topics on aging, longevity, vitality, estate planning, generally anything people in the last third of their lives might find relevant. The more I read their articles, however, the more I see things that could easily interest anyone, at any age of adulthood. After all, we’re all aging and why wait to learn some of this good stuff? Like, ways to make life easier. [Read more…]
Anytime is a good time for searching out good children’s books. Right? In fact, now that I think about it, I believe it might be one of my hobbies!
A couple of years ago I needed a gift for a 10 year old girl and I needed something classic, adventurous, literary, and unusual. I wanted something that represented girls her age as independent and daring. And I wanted it to be realistic. So, let the book searches begin! [Read more…]
…and the livin’ is easy. School’s out, summer is here, and, hey parents, you have your children back for a few months. You can plan things that you have no time to do during the school year. Let’s face it. The hectic schedule during the school year with homework, sports, etc. books up all the time and doesn’t allow for much lazy leisure.
Which, by the way, is a necessity for optimal health. Lazy leisure. Down time. Long drawn out stretches to indulge in a project uninterrupted by tight scheduling. Time when you lose track of time. But… what to do? Tight schedules don’t promote creative mental wandering to the places where ideas come from and the transition from go go go feels a little jagged at first but that passes. So, here are some free or pretty darn cheap ideas for a jump start.