• Heart made of Rope
    Connection Parenting,  Parenting

    English Muffin Meltdown {Story}

    How a few simple shifts changed behavior We all know that kids can have meltdowns when things don’t go their way. This morning was yet another one of those days. The kids were out of school and I had just started to make breakfast when my daughter came into the kitchen. She immediately saw what I was making and before I could even turn around she screamed in horror. “I HATE English Muffins!” Wow. Really? Who hates English muffins. only.my.daughter. Immediately after screaming she ran to the pantry and grabbed a box of cereal. Just then my husband walked in and said, “We just had English muffins and now you don’t…

  • dragoncon2014
    Travel

    The Budget-Friendly Adventure

    I believe it’s extremely important to get my kids out into the world and have experiences. Good or Bad. Each is a teachable moment. We learn so much from our experiences and the value of adventure bringing about a sense of fulfillment. With this philosophy in mind, I try to plan something special for the kids during the year. Sort of like a mini “vacation” but I’m not a big “vacation” person. I’d rather create some small budget-friendly adventures throughout the year. These adventures can range from a Saturday afternoon trip to the library to a full-blown “let’s get in the car and drive to a new landmark we’ve never…

  • Kids
    Parenting

    The Greatest Tool You Can Give Your Child…

    The year was 1995. Time magazine published the October issue with the following question on the cover, “What’s Your EQ?” So…what is EQ and why are we talking about it decades later? EQ is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and hold awareness and understanding for the emotions of others. EQ or emotional intelligence is the seed of all learning. It establishes our ability to interact, how we relate and our willingness to give and receive love. Teaching ourselves and our children EQ has immense benefits and perhaps it is why so many studies have shown Emotional Intelligence to be a more accurate determination of future success than I.Q. Here’s…