Teddy bears, train sets and Mr. Potato Heads: early childhood encompasses (or at least it should) all that is innocent and sweet in life. When your little boy is "vrooming" his toy airplane while sprawled out amongst Duplo blocks and Thomas the Train engines, the last thing on your mind is "the talk." In fact,… Continue reading How We Introduce “The Facts of Life” to Our Kids
Just yesterday my oldest son, aged thirteen, revealed something shocking. It raised my blood pressure through the roof and made me want to scream. He told me that when we were at the park not too long ago (the park near our home) he had witnessed a horrible scene after going into the public restroom:… Continue reading How Has it Come to This?
I have found that consciously smiling actually helps me feel happy; and when I feel happy, I smile more. This upward spiral is so easy to initiate--all it takes is the willingness to start and the dedication to practice it every day. I tried it and it works. My outlook on life has improved, and… Continue reading Unhappy with Life? Thankfulness Produces Joy!
My parents bought a skeleton house with nothing but the frame and the siding intact. At first, we had no running water, no electricity, no heating, and no cooling. Dad filled plastic barrels in the back of his truck with water from a pumping station and hauled them home for us to top off our… Continue reading Who’s Design IS This?–What’s WRONG with Our Family-building Approach, and How We Can Fix It