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Hints and strategies to help readers survive the ups and downs of parenting, including special references for foster, kinship, adoptive and special needs situations.
2012-06-10 11:00
For us, it was this tradition. You will have your own traditions.  But there will be something that is special for you that leads to a celebration like this.Best Part of My DayShe said… Read More
2012-06-01 11:00
Speaking yesterday of worries.... It is all over the news that due to our warmer than usual winter we are in for a record bug-season.  Oh goodie.  Stop my feet from dancing.  … Read More
2012-05-31 11:00
All kids worry.  Sometimes though, the worries of kids in care are stockpiled on top of regular kid worries and the pile becomes overwhelming. The worry thoughts crowd their heads and c… Read More
2012-05-30 11:00
For ten weeks of "Soapbox" Wednesdays we have looked at Dr. Patch Adams prescription to heal society and make a better world. I took one of his question's each Soapbox and today I am re… Read More
2012-05-29 11:00
I recently was inspired to a different perspective on foster parenting.  It arose from a conversation about whether person x should act on their impulse to try foster parenting.  P… Read More
2012-05-28 11:00
Unless you live someplace with an unusual school year schedule your children are not yet out of school.... at least physically!  Mentally and emotionally, they may have checked out alre… Read More
2012-05-27 18:24
This week's question from Patch Adams takes the concept of foster care in a different direction and seems to be particularly timely given the economic challenges so many people are experienc… Read More
2012-05-27 11:00
This is the last Sunday of Foster Care Awareness Month so I share this meditation from the first time I welcomed a foster child into my home so many years ago.A Shoebox and a Paper BagThe wo… Read More
2012-05-26 11:00
Here are two illustrations re saving money that I photographed while watching a TODAY show segment over a year ago.  They are very impressive even though each has a "but."  I think… Read More

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