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Technology and Your College Student

Technology and Your College Student

I love talking with parents of young kids because if you set healthy boundaries early on with technology, you can get some pretty amazing results. But what if your child is already a college student? There’s not much chance you’ll be collecting his or her...
Oh no!  Mom Can’t Talk!

Oh no! Mom Can’t Talk!

What would happen at your house if you couldn’t talk for one day? I actually know the answer to this hypothetical question because I have been on total voice rest since October 23 because of laryngitis! James texted our friend: Arlene has taken a vow of...
How Would You Do on This Survey?

How Would You Do on This Survey?

I wonder how my kids would have rated me in a recent large study.  Would I have cringed at their answers? The survey was about what kids really wanted their parents to know. After surveying 6,000 children, researchers found that: 54 percent said their parents checked...
Take a Hike

Take a Hike

Need some peace away from the bad news of the day, constant emails, or trail of tweets? It could be as easy as taking a hike. Yes, it might mean planning a vacation in the great outdoors, or it might be just taking a walk around the block, or outside your office...
Remembering Without Regrets

Remembering Without Regrets

Do you remember when your children were preschoolers? For some of you, that’s the future. For others, that stage is way in the past! My youngest Lucy is almost 8.  I remember bringing her to MOPS groups when she was little.  She would assist me at my book table....
4 Tips to Tame Your Phone Use

4 Tips to Tame Your Phone Use

Need to feel more calm, cool, and connected? Would your kids say, “My mom (or my dad) is on the phone too much”? Here are 4 tips to taming your phone use from a news segment I did this week on San Diego 8 on the CW. You’ll find that a few simple...
A Time to Text, A Time to Talk

A Time to Text, A Time to Talk

There is a time to text, and there is a time to talk. Texting is great for “Meet you in 5.”  It’s not so great for “I have a problem with what you said to be me yesterday…” Solomon wrote the famous words in the Book of Ecclesiastes,...
Book Launch Day!

Book Launch Day!

Yippee!  YAY!  Confetti! Yahoo! It’s book launch day! Today is the day you can pick up my new book, Calm, Cool, and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life.   Most of us struggle with checking our phones too often, and connecting with our loved ones...
To Go Without a Phone?

To Go Without a Phone?

I was hoping the crack would magically fix itself. I noticed the side of my three-year-old iPhone coming apart, but the phone still worked just fine. I went on like this for weeks, but then I took my phone out of my purse and the cracks were multiplying.  Now the...
Why I Love VBS

Why I Love VBS

As you may know, I post something new on my site every week.  But this week…I almost didn’t do it because of three little letters: V. B. S. Those of you who have ever planned or volunteered for VBS know what these precious words stand for:  Vacation Bible...
Why Saying Grace Makes You Happier

Why Saying Grace Makes You Happier

It’s my pleasure to offer this guest post by my friend author Annette Hubbell.   I will be giving away a copy of her book “A Spoonful of Grace: Mealtime Blessings in Bite-sized Pieces” tomorrow.  Come back to enter!   “Mom, I think saying grace makes the...
Stay in the Game Mom

Stay in the Game Mom

Friday was the last day of school for my three kids. As two of them teased each other, loudly and relentlessly, I muttered under my breath, “It’s going to be a long summer.”  Even the “happy mom” loses perspective sometimes. I need to...
Screen Free Easter Weekend

Screen Free Easter Weekend

Would a screen-free Easter weekend be a big sacrifice for you and your family? Recently in my Moms in Prayer group, one of the moms shared that her kids had given up screen time for Lent. Wow, I was impressed by that! The kids came up with it themselves; it was not...
Making Easter Memorable for Your Kids

Making Easter Memorable for Your Kids

These photos were just taken four years ago…and what a difference just a few years make! My son Ethan is in junior high now, and would be more likely to be inside the bunny costume than to be caught in a photo with the bunny. You know that time flies with your...
What To Do with Bad Mornings

What To Do with Bad Mornings

I know you’ve had a bad morning like this. The makings of our hectic morning were sown the night before.  I had to wake Noelle up early to finish a big homework project about the Revolutionary War.  She didn’t have time to do it the night before because we...
How Frugal Are You?

How Frugal Are You?

How frugal are you? As 2017 gets underway, it’s a good time to think about where you can save a dollar here and there. James and I are both frugal which makes our lives easier (and sometimes funnier).  In California where we live, there’s a new law that...