• Dogs or Kids, Life is a Challenge!

    I have a friend who has a tiny poodle named Isadore. When I last visited her, she complained that he is spoiled rotten. He wants to be held all the time. She said Isadore drips water from his chin when he drinks and so the floor is always a mess. She sighed in exasperation. I have another friend who had two...

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  • The 100% Devil is a Liar!

    When my grandson, Jack, was three, Mary was just one and Maggie was five, I taught them about germs and hygiene. It was chaotic. Mary was on the table and into everything. Jack wanted his way. Maggie, of course, needs LOTS of help. Whew. Did they get any of that? Despite all my preparation and planning, I was sure that...

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  • Remember, Life is Brief and Tender

    “You will miss struggling in church.” WHAT! A few Sundays ago, in church, a mother was talking to the congregation. She mentioned that at times, in the past, it had been hard to focus on the speaker. This was because kids and church can be a fussy business. As they learn to manage their bodies and acquire the ability to be...

  • Stress and Love Can’t Co-exist

    Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend about connecting daily with children. I mentioned that random touch was one of the most powerful practices I knew for connecting multiple times a day. She laughed and said, “I come from an Italian family. We're snugglers and kissers. When I read about random touch in your book, I thought to myself,...

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Mary Ann Johnson | Relationship Transformations for Busy Parents, 2017

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