Tag: kids

There’s more than one way to crack an egg

Seeking imperfection is a constant process. Sometimes, I take one step in the right direction and many steps the other way. Recently, the kids wanted to bake their own cakes for a cake auction. The night before, three cakes became two cakes; the girls decided to work together. My son prepared his boxed cake mix while the oven warmed up. I demonstrated how to hold an egg… Read more →

Why Mondays matter

Earlier in my nine-year-old daughter’s school career, I asked her how her day was, but I wasn’t prepared for the answer. “It’s Monday, and Mondays aren’t good,” she said, adding that her teacher reminded the class every Monday that Mondays are lousy. I was speechless, stunned that someone brainwashed her about Mondays. “Any day that we have with those we… Read more →

Gratitude is powerful

Being appreciated without expectation is refreshing. My nine-year-old woke up in the middle of the night Wednesday with the stomach flu. She got sick 10 or more times during a 24-hour period. Three throw-up bowls were in the rotation because I couldn’t clean them fast enough. In the midst of it, she walked to the kitchen sink, where I was washing two… Read more →

Connecting by disconnecting: A (mostly) electronic-free road trip with the kids

Imagine a six-hour road trip with one mom, two kids and zero movies to watch along the way. That’s right. Recently, the kids and I took a (mostly) electronic-free road trip, and we liked it. We liked it so much that we’ll probably connect over something other than gadgets during our next lengthy car ride. We brought a roll of tape,… Read more →