Thou Shalt Not SHOULD On Thyself

The holiday season is over, but did you take the opportunity to make it what you wanted? Meaning, now that january 1 has passed are you all pissy because you had to do this and go there and meet people you didn't really want to meet...ie did you end the  season dripping with resentment?! Take all the SHOULDS out of your life and make choices based on what is in the best interests of you and … [Read more...]

Why Kids Love Boxes More Than Presents

It's an old adage that little kids often end up playing more with the present boxes and wrapping paper than the presents themselves. And I think that is true for some very important reasons. First of all, never forget that all children are wired to learn, wired to be curious, and that learning anything in and of itself is a rewarding experience. Kids love to learn! And if they are engaged in play … [Read more...]

People are downright Rude!!!

Okay. So I am at the cardinal game last week, and they are starting up the home-half of the inning, with the top of the order up for the cardinals in a one-run game. And there is Joe-Shmoe standing up jabbering away on his cell-phone and blocking the view of the batters box for a whole section of fans. And he is totally oblivious to anyone but himself. We had to ask an usher to tell him to sit … [Read more...]

Dads and Daughters

 I just finished facilitating a 3 day retreat with 25 father-daughter pairs at a horse ranch in California. The girls were ages 7-9 years and one was cuter than the next. I was struck with what a special relationship dads have with girls at this age. Girls still look up to their daddies as heroes, and dads feel free to be affectionate and nurturing. But more interesting to me was how dads could … [Read more...]