A New Definition of Better

Pretty young woman making a decision with arrows and question mark above her head

I get the better than question a lot. Is it better to do A or B? Here are some examples: Is it better to take the ACT or the SAT? Is it better to participate in robotics or math competitions? Is it better to take 4 AP classes in the senior year or is it  [read more] …

Putting Feet on Those Dreams

Professional Lab Staff Showing To Little Kid A Specimen

The teen years are a time to imagine the possibilities. Most kids feel invincible and anything seems possible in the golden days of youth. However, their self-image is too often based in fairytale and not grounded in experience.   Summer is the perfect time to help our dreamers turn into doers. Do they think they  [read more] …

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Young artist at mountain

Devoted parents work hard trying to find the correct path to the goal their child seeks. In their heart of hearts, they want to believe that there is a magic formula for achievement, that if they do the right things in the right sequence, they can guarantee their child’s victory. These parents are always on  [read more] …

Getting Nowhere Quickly

Tumbleweed On Road

The wind is ever-present on the prairie. It can come from different directions and at various intensities, but it is almost always there. Because of the drought cycle we are currently in, the wind is behaving in an interesting way right now. In the course of a single day, sometimes a single hour, a gale  [read more] …

Rejecting the Checklists

Young woman meditating with open arms standing in fresh spring g

I don’t really think of myself as a rebel, but as I look back over the years my husband and I have parented, I have to admit that it sure looks like it!  Growing up I was a list checker and tended to think inside the box.  However, some combination of marriage and children and  [read more] …