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6 Ways To Stop “Future-Tripping” And Be Present In Your Life

Jul 12, 2015

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” ― Mother Teresa I’m coming up on a milestone birthday this year – a really big one. Social media is reminding me of this every day, as I watch one high school classmate after another hit the ‘big one’....

I Need To Know: Did I Absolutely Teach My Children To Weed?

Jul 8, 2015

I think I’m what some people call a natural-born-teacher. It’s in my blood; teachers sprout from my family tree for generations upon generations. It’s no surprise that as a parent, I’ve been an education task-master. You think preacher’s kids have it rough? Think about being a teacher’s kid. You’re constantly the guinea pig for...

What Parenting Battles Are You Fighting?

Jul 5, 2015

He said to me the other day, “Mom, I don’t get it. Sometimes you’re totally chill, and then sometimes you want to know everything. You need to trust me. I’m not crazy, you know.” That one got me thinking. Am I that inconsistent? Or is he just smart enough to see what’s really going...

3 Awesome Reasons To Have A Selfie Free Summer

Jun 20, 2015

It was a perfect blue sky day. We hit the road early (by teenage terms), and just about 90 minutes later found ourselves in Pt. Reyes, ready for adventure. It had taken some cajoling to get both of them to agree to go hiking with me; these days, getting both kids alone, together, is...

It’s The Last Day of School – So Why Aren’t My Students Leaving?

Jun 18, 2015

It’s always a minimum day schedule on the last day of school, making it super hard to get anything done (yes, they want us to teach up until the last bell), as well as to have a moment to breathe, to be present, to process what is going on. The last day of school...

Parents, Do You Lead By Example? Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program

Jun 14, 2015

How many of us parents lead by example? I mean, completely. Honestly. All the time? Think back to when your kids were toddlers. Everything we did we wanted them to mimic – the words we said, the foods we ate, and the funny ways they saw us dance or jump of sing along to...

Being Different Is Being Beautiful: Speaking Out About Caitlyn Jenner

Jun 1, 2015

The photo jumped out of my Facebook feed during my lunch break today. The beautiful woman, not the headline, caught my eye; she looked like someone famous, but I couldn’t quite place her. Then I realized who I was looking at: Caitlin Jenner. I quickly scanned my middle school classroom for someone to share...

Revisiting Gratitude

May 28, 2015

I have a friend who is going through a really, really tough time right now. When she confided in me, I felt a mix of honor that she trusted me, and obligation to help her through. What came to my mind first? Gratitude. I know gratitude is all over the news. I myself have...

Sheep Shearer’s Children In Lake Tahoe

May 18, 2015

 William Bolt was my two-times great grandfather. An adventurous spirit, as a young man in the late 1880s he traveled back and forth from St. Louis, Missouri to Laramie, Wyoming with his cousin Harry to work as sheep shearers. Lucky for me, his passion for storytelling compelled him to keep a detailed journal of...

Love Makes Your Soul Crawl Out

May 12, 2015

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” – Zora Neale Hurston Parenting teenagers is hard. No way around it. I’ve yet to meet a parent who will claim otherwise; oh yes, there are varying degrees of ‘hardness’, and we all have different struggles with our children. But the bottom line is,...

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