There Ain’t No Elf On My Shelf (And That’s Okay.)

An opportunity for bright, new holiday traditions - without obligation. The holidays are a challenging time of year for single, step and blended families like mine. Traditions that once had sweet roots in the family I created find themselves soured in "the other family" we have become. Every year, I'm confronted by those traditions. Every … Continue reading There Ain’t No Elf On My Shelf (And That’s Okay.)

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Why Labels Matter, Like It or Not (This is Why I’m Renaming My Husband)

What’s In a Name? In high school, I got an award for being an “Advice Queen.” At the time (thank you seventeen), I was flattered thinking it meant people thought I was wise. Now, I’m sure that what it really meant was that I shared a heap of unsolicited opinions about things that were none … Continue reading Why Labels Matter, Like It or Not (This is Why I’m Renaming My Husband)

Success Stories: Developing Self-Esteem by Celebrating the “Little Things.”

If you could build up your child's self-esteem with a 10 minute conversation at the dinner table, would you do it? Of course you would! No matter how old you are, sometimes its hard to remember the things we are good at - We know as adults, in seasons of struggle, especially, it can be really hard … Continue reading Success Stories: Developing Self-Esteem by Celebrating the “Little Things.”