reasonable expectations, spirit

How I keep my cool (when things are getting ruined)

One night, when I was about 14, I was babysitting a boy who lived near my house. We were tossing a bag of marshmallows back and forth between the two of us, just for fun, and he started to throw them harder each time.  I kept warning him, telling him to take it easy, before we… Read More How I keep my cool (when things are getting ruined)

Eulogy, love, Mother, remembrance

What is a Mother? *In remembrance of MaryAnn Mather, 1929-2015*

I’ve been blessed to have a number of incredible role models in my life, one being my Grandmother, MaryAnn.  We called her Grandma Mares, since Mares was my Grandfather’s nickname for her.  Grandma Mares recently passed away on July 20th, 2015, after a long and incredibly challenging battle with Alzheimer’s.  She was the paragon of… Read More What is a Mother? *In remembrance of MaryAnn Mather, 1929-2015*

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Finding the ‘Why’

We often hear experts telling us to find, and focus, on the why…or the reason for a behavior.  But what exactly does that mean?  It seems like there’s COUNTLESS reasons for why our child is behaving in certain ways… how on earth are we to know what they are?  And how do we figure it… Read More Finding the ‘Why’