Parents and Schools Really Can Work Together

Our children’s school experiences play a significant role in their lives, impacting their character, intellect, and social growth. The sheer number of hours spent in the learning environment – whether home, public, or private school – is enormous, from 6-9 hours per day or more. That’s why the people tasked with influencing the intellect and…

Living the Dream: Thanks Dr. King

I was just four months old when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech. The third of my parents’ four children, I well remember the housing project where we lived before my parents moved steadily into home ownership and the suburbs.  I am sure their dreams for my brothers and me…

5 Fun Goals for the New Year

If you haven’t come up with any resolutions for 2015, I have a few fun things to consider. 1) Have fun with your hair, or nails, or shoes, or clothes. I changed my hairstyle this fall and it really made me happy (and I was told the new style made me look ten years younger!) So what seemed risky…

All Clean in 2014: Recap

As 2014 closes out I am thrilled to offer a final reflection on my All Clean in 2014 series that began last January. It’s hard to believe a year has gone by, but I accomplished a lot. More importantly, I learned a lot: Setting a house cleaning goal is important. Goals address legitimate needs in…

Motherhood Misery #10: I Didn’t Date My Husband

Once I became a mom a little more than a year after getting married, I paid too little attention to my identity as Joe’s wife. This was not intentional. Most new moms will agree that figuring out how to keep a  baby alive lends itself to putting a grown man on the back burner. But what happened…

How To Respond to Racial Tension: Thoughts for Christmas Eve

In a few short years our children and grandchildren will ask us what we remember about the racial tension of 2014. I know they’ll ask us because my daughter recently had to interview someone who remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis. Years from now, students will be asked by their college professors to interview us after…