It’s Gonna Be a Long _____ Year. . .


What word would you use to fill in the blank in the title of today’s post? With two more games to play tonight, week 1 of the new NFL season is almost over. If you’re a college football fan, it’s been two games; either your team is whooping on teams they should beat, or there’s been heartache, or close calls. Many pundits and fans will predict doomsday events for their beloved team today, while others will always remain hopeful that things will turn around.


If you’re a student or a parent of a child in the South, most likely your child has hit the 1/4 way point for the 1st quarter, if one’s in high school, about the 1/8th of the way through the first semester. If your student has only been in school for a day or a week or two, then there’s certainly no need to worry.


While many can try to make predictions for the year (season) based on limited data, we owe it to our children to Read the rest of this entry »

Playful Parenting


How familiar is this scene in your household: Child watching TV, playing video games, on the computer, talking on the phone, etc., and you’re wanting their attention to alert them to something like, “time for dinner,” “pick up your clothes,” etc.


Often times the child is fully engaged in their activity of choice and don’t/can’t hear a parent’s call. Logic says if a child can’t hear us, we should just speak louder or yell. Eventually a child breaks their focus to the yelling of a parent who may or may not be fuming at this point. The child may be very confused why mom or dad is “buggin’ out,” and may also react to this negative tone by yelling back or being disrespectful. Read the rest of this entry »