• What Makes a Memory That Matters?

    What Makes a Great Memory My adult children stay very connected via a video chat app. They talk about all kinds of things, health, work, kids, weather, holidays, etc. But, just this week, they were discussing a topic that blew me away – a jar of buttons and books of stickers. This conversation blew me away because I had no knowledge...

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  • Experiments to Improve Family Relationships

    Experiments to Improve Family Relationships   A few years ago, I mentored a mom who has four children. I had known this woman for a while, and we were friends. She is a great mom and a wonderful person. At one of our sessions, we talked about her relationship with her 17-year-old daughter. My friend was answering some thoughtful questions about “how” she...

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  • Encouraging Creativity and Creative Thinking in Children

    “When art teacher Kandy Dea recently assigned fourth graders in her Walnut, Iowa, classroom to create a board game to play with a friend, she was shocked by one little boy’s response: He froze. “While his classmates let their imaginations run wild making up colorful characters and fantasy worlds, the little boy repeatedly said, “I can’t think of anything,” Ms....

  • Does Play Matter? More Than You Know!!

    The POWER of Play Parents and children's brains don't work the same. That statement won't surprise any parent. Here is a story you will all relate to. Ted, aged two, hits Sally, age nine months. Sally begins to cry. You hear Sally and come running because lately, Ted has been hitting her more often. Hitting his sister is not ok, and...

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