"In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continet and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck - and, of course, courage."
- Bill Cosby, Fatherhood
Raising a family is not a job for the faint of heart! We all want to be the "perfect parent," but most of us feel like we fall short of the mark. Whether you are a new parent, raising teens, dealing with college-age children, or enjoying your grandchildren, we will share ideas for keeping your family close and safe while keeping your sanity intact. Consider this a Parenting 101 class where we will explore all aspects of raising a family in today's world. It can be a scary prospect, but we'll do our best to help you write a family story that you can be proud of!
"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings." - Ann Landers
As a mom, don’t you always wonder if they’re listening? “Son, look at me. Are you listening?” The birth of my first grandbaby gave me a moment when I heard whispered back, “Mom, I am. I always have.”
November 18th began as a normal enough day – but even before noon – it would prove to be anything but routine.
Some UPLIFTING News
Whose feeling the need for some good news? I am! After a few weeks filled with news about Ashley Madison, abortion videos, horrific live shots, and campaign season starting – I'm ready to spend some time immersed in something UPLIFTING! If you're with me – come with me!
Jeanette Herbert, Utah's First Lady, is holding a conference here in Utah, in just a few weeks – and YOU are invited. (although there is limited seating, so as soon as you read all the info, get registered ASAP). A conference called, UpLift Families Parenting Conference will be a fabulous night out for anyone interested in strengthening their family. Imagine sitting with your friends/spouse/new friends and enjoying a yummy dinner, watching a host of presenters talk about all things parenting and family. Short, uplifting snippets of presentations (think TedTalks) will play across the stage for a couple of hours while you enjoy a meal in a beautiful setting like Thanksgiving Point. You can see it, right.
And guess what... all of this for ONLY $25/per couple. Not per person. PER COUPLE. Ok, like hamburgers at Crown Burger will cost you that much, right. But even better, I've got a coupon code for you that will save you $5.00 (and when you use this code it will let the organizers know you're with me so we can be seated close to each other – AH!) Let's do it guys!
We love our families, we love date nights, we love inspiring messages! Let's go!
Here's all the details:
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Thanksgiving Point Show Barn, Lehi, Utah
Use Coupon Code: Storytelling2015
For more information about Uplift Families, click here
Hanging on the wall of my kitchen is an old farmhouse phone. This phone used to hang on the wall of my grandparents home. Back in the day, this was high-tech stuff! When my great-grandfather had it put in, this was top of the line! Kind of makes you think, doesn't it?
Pumpkins, apple cider, and crisp air… Some see Fall as leaves dying, cold and the step before the snow comes. For others, it is a favorite time of year. A season full of beautiful warm colors, family and love.
There are countless articles written about “being happy”. Is there a secret to happiness? It seems that the root of joy starts in the home. We’ve always heard that eating dinner as a family is one way to bring a family closer. In these days it is easier said than done with both parents working, soccer practice or dance. Here is a list of five other ways to make your house a happier home.
Lanell and I wasted no time. We stood up, found a corner of the wallpaper that would lift a little, and just started tearing. Some of it came off in big, chunky strips, others were tiny shreds we picked at. I didn't think about it as tearing away my childhood. I was just making room for the emerging young adult.
Do you ever feel bombarded with unrealistic expectations for parenthood? Pinterest, Mommy Blogs and carefully crafted Facebook posts can make us feel a bit inadequate at times. Or worse, like we're failing all together! It's nice to have a breath of fresh (and real!) air to clear our heads and remind us that parenting is messy! We're only human. And what our kids need most is not perfection, but US.
Guest blogger Ari Terry joins us today to tell us her story of one of the "other days".
"Oh, what do you do in the summertime, when all the world is green?
Do you fish in a stream, or lazily dream on the banks as the clouds go by?
Do you swim in a pool to keep yourself cool, or swing in a tree up high?
Do you march in parades, or drink lemonades, or count all the stars in the sky?
Is that what you do? So do I." - Dorothy S. Andersen
Years ago I inherited some Panorama Sugar Eggs made by my mother. I remember them proudly displayed in my childhood home every Easter. I was thrilled to have them for my own home, where my kids could see them, and have a tangible reminder of their grandmother. Nice theory, right? And it worked, too, until last year when my 13 year old son brought a baseball bat into the house.
Disney movies all have a lesson that we can learn in the end. Cinderella helped us believe in true love. Aladdin taught us that money doesn’t buy us happiness, but we provide it ourselves. Merida showed us that we hold fate inside ourselves; we have to be brave enough to find it. Beloved Dori helped us learn that when life is hard, just keep swimming.
I was doing laundry one day and a rock fell out of my eight year old daughter’s pocket. When she got home from school I asked her why she always has rocks all over. Why she love collecting so many rocks. Her answer amazed and inspired me. Brooklynn has many goals; one is to be a writer. I asked her to write down her answer, because it needed to be heard. The following is what she wrote.
Finally a reason to love the cold, snow and ice!
As a Utah girl I spent most of my wintery weekends on the slopes. But somehow over the years, I've slowly become a fair-weather Utahn.
Traveling with children can be the BEST of times or the WORST of times. Travel has always been a passion of mine. We've travelled with our 5 children all over the staes and even overseas, so I've gained a few insights from those experiences.