This article was written by Kelly McNelis, founder of Women For One Be honest with your children instead of sugar coating or avoiding hard topics Our kids are watching us all the time. If they see us avoiding hard topics, or backing away from the things that make us uncomfortable, we teach them to play it safe and stuff their feelings down. It’s our … [Read more...] about Tough Conversations with Kids: Honesty is Key
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Who knew take out Chinese boxes could be filled with such a good idea? Slips of paper (that resemble fortune cookie paper) fill this bright yellow box full of ideas and conversation. Thought provoking, open-ended questions fill the box and get the talking started between you and your children. A small box holds answers to such big questions. Take it … [Read more...] about Conversations to Go
Like a lot of families, our summer vacation plans were canceled due to COVID-19. We are looking forward to the days when we can travel again. When we are able, our next vacation will be a home exchange. We got started home exchanging three years ago, and now, it's our favorite way to vacation! So far, we have swapped homes with families in Copenhagen, Ottawa, and Barcelona. … [Read more...] about Why A Home Exchange Is a Great Family Vacation
"Another Zoom??" said my 7-year-old daughter, rolling her eyes as I emerged from the office after three calls that morning. "Yes, but I promise I'll be done soon for the day, and I'll take a look at your schoolwork." "You have too many calls, mommy. I guess you just don't have time for me." Ouch. Way to stick it to me, but I couldn't blame her. And I was too tired … [Read more...] about What’s Really Draining You: Zoom Fatigue, Or Mom Guilt?
Most school districts across the country have decided to continue distance learning through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Summer programs are opting to minimize enrollment or are canceled altogether. Where does that leave you and your kiddos this summer? In many cases, the answer is, at home (again). Parents have spent the last few months during the COVID lock down … [Read more...] about Limiting Summer Slide by Strengthening Reading Habits at Home