By: Deirdre Littlefield Happiness seems to be at the center of our collective parenting goals in most recent years. I suppose that parents have always wanted happy children, but maybe it’s the definition of happiness that is changing with our times. My children definitely appear happy when I buy them what they want immediately or … More The New Happy
By: Deirdre Littlefield Gratitude has shaped every area of my life. It’s become a daily habit that comes as natural to me as breathing at this point. I can see clearly how lucky I am to have wonderful friends, family and neighbors. I feel thankful to live in a safe area with hot water for … More The Gift of Gratitude
By: Deirdre Littlefield As I reflect on this school year, my emotions are mixed. It’s been tumultuous at times, but both of my young kids have been successful I’d say. They’ve each had the opportunity to grow academically and creatively. They have made good friends and learned to rise above difficulty inside and outside of … More Empathy Is Ours to Teach
We all know that family matters; but when your kids are grown that is when you really begin to understand it. … More Family First
By: Deirdre Littlefield I’ve read so much and even written about how difficult middle school is for our children. Their world seems to have turned upside down as friends find new groups and they explore their own personal boundaries. Academics become less important as peer pressure revs up. It’s a confusing time but they will … More Middle School Mama Friendships
By: Deirdre Littlefield God is a part of my everyday life. I talk to him often, thank him and ask him for his help. I often wonder, Why does it feel weird to say his name in regular conversation? I’m not sure who believes in him so maybe I’m afraid to bring it up. Life … More Why Is It So Uncomfortable To Say God?
By: Deirdre Littlefield I have been blessed with three sons who are naturally rough, tough and, honestly, quite crude. It has been my mission since birth to raise them with civility. We’ve taught them to hold doors for strangers, to stand up if an adult needs a seat, and to listen intently when somebody is … More Raising Gentlemen In 2018