Do you ever know how someone really feels? It’s hard to tell, as we live in a time of so much noise and distraction. People are tuning in less to each other and paying more attention to the technology, social media, advertising messages, the news, and other external disturbances around them. Being able to recognize someone’s feelings means you’re tuned into their verbal and … [Read more...] about Three Ways to Get Present and Cherish the Moments
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We’re one month into autumn. School and work and life schedules have reverted to some sort of “normal” structure. Sweaters and suits have come out of closets to replace bikinis and sunglasses. Leaves are changing from green to red, gold, and brown, or, depending on where you are, have already begun to fall. There’s a heavy note of regularity in the air, a feeling of going back … [Read more...] about Fall is the New Spring
Trick or treating is one of the great American traditions, and we can still enjoy a safe night out trolling for goodies…provided we use some common sense and give our kids a few important guidelines. Maybe you’ll be accompanying your hobgoblins door to door this year, or perhaps you have older children venturing out on their own with friends. Here are some general safety tips … [Read more...] about Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween!
I recently dropped a comment on a selfie that a young woman I love posted on Instagram. I relayed the famous Carrie Fisher quote “youth and beauty are not accomplishments”. I didn’t think twice about it because it’s a line I use around my own children frequently when I want to remind them that they are so much more valuable than appearances, or how society defines beauty. I … [Read more...] about Mistakes, Apologies and Lessons Learned
College is the best four years of your life (at least, theoretically). It’s about freedom, independence, and eating cold pizza for breakfast just because you can. It’s our first foray into the “real world,” which is pretty exciting, but for parents, I suppose it can be a little frightening to watch the nest empty out. Hi. My name is April and this fall, I’ll be a college … [Read more...] about Ground Rules for Parental College Visits