By: Cheryl Maguire “Will you please go on a beach walk with me?” My then nine-year-old daughter gazed up at me with her beautiful green eyes, waiting for an answer. The never ending “to do list” popped into my head. I glanced over at the dirty dinner dishes piled high in the sink and then … More How Walking On The Beach Helped Me To Be A Calmer Person
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: Sandy Churchill Traditions can be a messy business around family and friends, because we all have different ‘sentimentality meters’ as well as perspectives on time, togetherness, and scheduling vs. spontaneity. At our house, we often say if it doesn’t make it on the calendar, it won’t happen. That is not to say we don’t sometimes … More Embracing New Traditions
By: Sandy Churchill For a Gemini, with a zany schedule where no two days are alike, I struggle with the smallest changes. Not the kind like where you park, or what to buy at the grocery store, or even where to sit at the dining room table, but the sentimental kind. After 12+ years, our … More Couch Farewell
By: Tanvi Maharaja Are you tired of asking your kids to put down their phones or tablets? Do your kids listen? Trust me, they do. But sometimes, they just choose to ignore it. How long did you have to yell the last time you asked your child to stay away from the screen? Online games on … More 7 Steps to Managing Your Child’s Screen Time
By: Jennifer Lonergan Next week, October 7th-13th, is Mental Health Awareness Week. Now, if you are from my generation, chances are you don’t think this applies to you. But the truth is, mental health is for everyone. When I was growing up, anything related to mental health involved institutions and asylums unless it impacted your … More Mental Health Tip: Less Screen Time, More Family Time
By: Deirdre Littlefield My oldest son enlisted in the US Army this year. We miss him terribly but are filled with pride. As our family decorated our tree this year, it hit me hard; we were short one family member. Each decoration my oldest son made brought back a flood of memories and conversation to … More Let’s Be Present
By: Deirdre Littlefield The sun is finally out and summer is on its way. Our schedule is beginning to clear of all the activities that enrich their daily lives—from soccer, to hockey, to music, to lacrosse. I love to watch my sons socialize and learn how their bodies work and to see which talents come … More Happy Summer!
By: Deirdre Littlefield Youth sports have taken over suburbia in the last decade or so. Our kids expect to play every sport, every season, because everybody is. Sports don’t even seem to have a season anymore. Spring soccer starts in the winter, fall soccer now begins before Labor Day and hockey doesn’t have a … More Youth Sports vs My Family Values
By: Sandy Churchill Upon returning from a recent game conference in Columbus, Ohio, our family was encouraged and recharged from life’s stresses—thanks to three and a half days of games, games, and more games. These are not video games—nor are they the simple-stream variety of Monopoly, Checkers, or Candyland. They are European-style board games of … More Let the Games Begin!