Teaching My Family About Healthy Living

Teaching My Family About Healthy Living

Half marathons. Triathlons. Road races. Fitness classes. Personal training. No sugar challenges. I think you can see a pattern here. For a majority of my life, I have valued exercise because I liked the discipline. I liked achieving goals. I liked the stress relief. Read More

The Dreaded Chores

The Dreaded Chores

Chores. One of the most dreaded words around our house. Let it be known, I have already won the “Worst Mom” of the year award. According to our children, I am the only mom who assigns these tasks; however, I find this statement hard to believe. Despite their protests, I firmly believe there is a place for a daily chore list—a frame of mind that developed during my own childhood. Read More

Small Town, Big Heart

Small Town, Big Heart

“Small town, big heart”—the sign said it all. The girl in the stands was holding it with pride at the last basketball game. I saw the sign, and I smiled. This small town did have an extremely big heart, and it holds a special place in mine. Read More

The Gift of Travel

The Gift of Travel

A parent of three, I often find myself imagining what my children will “become” once they leave our house and enter “the real world.” I visualize the possibilities: a teacher, a president of a successful company, a computer programmer or even an Olympian. I see my children as successful, kind-hearted and loving adults who give back to their communities. Read More

We Need to Stay Present in Our Kids’ Lives

We Need to Stay Present in Our Kids’ Lives

While preparing for my next lesson on digital citizenship, I reread an article last week discussing sexting as the new first base in dating relationships. I was appalled by what the article said but not surprised. I read articles like this all the time so that I can be sharing with students the dangers of social media. Yet I instantly shook my head and said to myself, “My own kids will never be in the situation to do this.” Read More

We Learn From Our Failures, Not Our Successes

We Learn From Our Failures, Not Our Successes

The batting average. Sitting on the bench. Not receiving the perfect score on a test. Not meeting expectations on a project. The rejection letter to our college of choice. The rejection letter after an interview. To many students, these scenarios are unfamiliar. To some, these situations can be considered failures. Read More

I’m Not Wired to Just Stand Around

I’m Not Wired to Just Stand Around

I couldn’t wait for this year’s county fair. I was looking forward to it. This year would be the first year that all three of our kids would be showing sheep and cows, and they would all be at the fair with their dad and grandpa. Which meant free time for me to walk, read or relax. (Yes, probably a little selfish.) Read More

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