Building High School Success

Building High School Success

Is your child going to be starting high school soon? Are you wondering what you might do to help him or her prepare and build confidence for the transition? In coming posts I will address a number of challenges facing high schoolers and how to prepare for them to...
Raising Boys of Purpose

Raising Boys of Purpose

There’s been just the beginnings of thoughtful conversation recently about how we are raising our boys in American society. Following the start of the #MeToo movement, some, including me, asked questions about how we can raise our sons so that we don’t need a #MeToo...
A Future Beyond Resolutions

A Future Beyond Resolutions

Round about the first of the year many of us think about resolutions. I’ve been thinking that a better focus is on goals. When we resolve to act a certain way, or refrain from a particular action, these self promises often fall short of completion. Part of the reason...
Parenting Sons as a #MeToo Mom

Parenting Sons as a #MeToo Mom

I added my name to the #MeToo legions in the recent social media round. I’ve had my share of hurtful experiences with men over the years, at school, in the workplace, on city streets… As the mother of two young boys, I’ve recently been thinking about my...
Goodbye is Important to Say

Goodbye is Important to Say

“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your...
Tucking in After Tragedy

Tucking in After Tragedy

It seems to be coming at us at an ever feverish pace. How can we talk with our children about all the ugliness in the world? Parenting in the 24-hour news cycle with young children holding devices that may flash news updates, is extremely challenging. We’re not even...
Unto the 3rd Generation

Unto the 3rd Generation

Iniquity Unto the Generations: Who Pays for Our sins? In several different places in the Bible God talks of “visiting iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 20:5, Numbers 14:18, and Deuteronomy 5:9). Do our grand...
Take a Knee

Take a Knee

Today I watched some football players take a knee – and it wasn’t what you might think. You might have seen a lot of other players kneel during the national anthem, lock arms, not participate, or take a stand in another way during today’s NFL games....
Have You Lied to Your Mom?

Have You Lied to Your Mom?

I had the opportunity earlier this month to teach in a summer school program for entering  freshman. It was sort of a high school boot camp. The students came together for two weeks and learned math skills and growth mindset, they learned successful language arts...
Prophecies of a 14 Year Old

Prophecies of a 14 Year Old

Sometimes we find great treasures when we move around the boxes in the attic and peak inside.   I had forgotten, but toward the end of eight grade my friends and I wrote a play to perform for the rest of our circle of friends. We were a tight group, as 8th grade girls...