Category Archives: Parenting for Excellence

Taking Time for Joy

Taking Time for Joy

The demands of parenting can be overwhelming. After job, school, children’s activities, church, volunteer obligations, and family commitments, we rarely think about the things that nourish our souls, provide joy, or transport us beyond the daily grind. In the rush to accomplish everything that must happen, we oftentimes forget the things that need to happen.…Continue Reading

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

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…Continue Reading

Moving Decisively

Moving Decisively

I had an extremely nasty awakening this morning. As usual, I grabbed my glasses from the nightstand, scuffed into my slippers and took a step to open my bedroom door. There, peeking under that door, was a snake! After leaping back into bed, I had to think quickly, which was not easy in my wooly-headed…Continue Reading

Giving Grief Time

Giving Grief Time

While the households of current seniors are in a whirlwind of activity, the homes of last year’s seniors are strangely quiet. After the massive college application push, the excitement of college acceptances, the joy of graduation, the exhilaration of summer plans and the preparations for college, students head giddily into a new life. Left behind…Continue Reading

Diluted!

Diluted!

Dilute: make (something) weaker in force, content, or value by modifying it or adding other elements to it. When our children were younger, we lived in a tiny town perched on the side of a breathtaking Colorado mountain. There were few cultural opportunities in this rural mountain area and my daughter, an accomplished violinist, opened…Continue Reading

Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

My beloved prairie is known for its harshness – wildly hot summers, cruel winds, severe winters, violent thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. Yet, we are also legendary for our stunning sunsets. The day can bring a traumatic mix of weather extremes, but as it softens into night, the sky often presents a glorious pageantry of color.…Continue Reading

Important Interludes

Important Interludes

A new year.   A different season.  Rounding a corner and realizing you are in an unknown place. Unexpectedly we find ourselves with a new vista.  It is not always comfortable, but can bring about a valuable paradigm shift.  It can be thrust upon us, as is normally the case.  Or we can choose it, by…Continue Reading

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

On a stunning Southern California spring day we were driving to meet our son to celebrate years of hard work – his college graduation from the California Institute of Technology. My cell phone buzzed and I heard a strangled voice, “Mom, one of my classmates committed suicide yesterday.” The beauty of the day was shattered…Continue Reading