Read Your Strengths: Books that Reflect Context

Whenever I am frustrated by politics or policies or when I feel like the general population's opinion about something is a bit off, I turn to books. I love finding the answers and delving a bit deeper. Of course, the books I choose reflect my own political leanings and ideas because, unless it's a heavy scholarly … Continue reading Read Your Strengths: Books that Reflect Context

Planning for Spontaneity

When we're visiting family, it's a week of cousins, and hard playing, and schedules that aren't followed. We do really fun things and a lot of car naps and later bedtimes. Usually, sometime in our visit, we need a quiet day. One to rest and just chill. It keeps the girls going strong for all … Continue reading Planning for Spontaneity

My Favorite Era

I was listening to a podcast the other day and one of the hosts mentioned how young America is - that it's hard to find a home more than a hundred years old. Comments like this make me cringe. Yes, we're a young country if you're looking at a European-controlled population. But if you're looking … Continue reading My Favorite Era

Sometimes the Witch Gets the Prince

While looking for something in the storage room the other day, Bea and I found one last box of books from my teaching days. This one was filled with fairy tales, books on character building and feelings, and books that taught specific idioms used in the curriculum. It's been fun rereading these favorites and watching … Continue reading Sometimes the Witch Gets the Prince

Remembering the Past and Learning from Experience

We were talking last week at MOPS about which strengths make us better parents. Which ones really feed into our parenting styles and/or how we connect with our kids. My top strength is Context - the need to look back to understand the present, to take a moment to orient myself in the moment. One … Continue reading Remembering the Past and Learning from Experience