The importance of family history to ourselves and our kids

Let’s face it — life can be crazy. Whether you’re single or married, with a big family or a small family, life can sometimes be busy. In those busy times, it’s easy for a person to not think much about family, living it up, and having connections to those around you. Work and responsibility can come…

this year's goals

Make this year’s goals about health, growth and strengthening character

It’s a new year. It can become just another mark on your calendar, or it can become twelve months to grow, strengthen family ties and communication. When we have a strategy our goals do not have to drift to the wayside. Regardless of what your circumstances, it’s possible to make this year’s goals about health,…

Work Ethic: How Do We Instill It In Our Kids?

Work Ethic: How Do We Instill It In Our Kids?

One of the greatest gifts you can instill in your young person is a strong work ethic. Seriously. It sets the groundwork for confidence, focus and respect. There are elements of selflessness and compassion infused with knowing what it means to work hard.  This is not easy. It takes time. Although edible arrangements and heart shaped…

Teaching Our Young People How To Be Compassionate

Teaching Our Young People How To Be Compassionate

Over the years I’ve had many parents ask, “how do I raise a child to have compassion for others?”  Possessing one of the founding bricks of strong character, compassion, is not attained on a whim. Some are born with compassionate hearts, while most are born innately selfish; that’s just the reality of it. As parents and…

Can We Stop Cyberbullying? Why Assertive Teens Play A Role

Can We Stop Cyberbullying? Why Assertive Teens Play A Role

Combatting the war on cyberbullying requires the presence of assertive teens at the forefront; strong voices to overshadow the negative.  In order for cyberbullying to be a thing of the past, we need young people (in droves) to take a stand and step up for what is right.  It is the eyes, ears and mouthes…