How the Holidays Have Changed

How the Holidays Have Changed

This time of year traditionally has always been filled with excitement, planning and family fun. This year is no exception. It’s funny how the older one gets, the more time it takes to do the simple tasks of preparing holiday meals, buying and wrapping gifts, and dealing with all things holiday. Why should I think this year would be different? Read More

The Volleyball “Fatheads”

The Volleyball “Fatheads”

The other day, I received a quick text from Granddaughter #2. “Remember those fatheads from last year’s state volleyball tournament?” My first thought was, “Is she calling me a fathead? Have I bragged about something recently or shared too much enthusiasm about one of my projects?” 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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