• Family & Friends
  • What to Do When Someone Offends or Snaps at You

    ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt you ‘  I never found this saying to be true.  However, there are things you can do when people say hurtful things, whether they mean to or not. Communicate Your Feelings I think one of the most important things to do when someone […]

  • Family & Friends
  • Building a Better Relationship with Your Teen

    Here are some ideas I learned as a middle school teacher over the years. Don’t just ask how their day was.  Ask something specific. If you get the general answer of okay or one word answers try some questions like these: Any good songs they’ve been listening to? Did their favorite YouTuber post anything interesting […]

  • Family & Friends
  • How to Make Small Talk

    what to talk about at holiday meals

    The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to spend time with people we may see only once a year.  What do you say?   Here are some topics of conversation you might find helpful whether you barely see the person, don’t know them, or you see them all the time and nothing new has […]

  • Family & Friends
  • Helping Teens get Organized

    teen organization

    The abyss. The black hole. These are nicknames I give to students’ binders in middle school.  Who can find anything in an explosion of papers? You know this all too well.  So what’s a parent to do?  Here are some steps I found that helped my students. Identify a System they already use (even if […]

  • Family & Friends
  • How to Make Friends if You’re New

    how to make new friends

    I felt like I was in one of those high school movies.  You sit in one spot in no one sits with you.  You sit in another and the people at the table don’t talk to you.  I was trying to get to know more people at a social gathering.  It wasn’t working.   It […]

  • Family & Friends
  • What to do when kids are bored…

    what to do when kids are bored

    Summer’s almost over and your kids might be going a bit stir crazy. I hate being bored and as an only child I often had to find my own source of entertainment which was usually computer games or reading in the winter and biking or walking in the woods in the summer.  So I can […]

  • Family & Friends
  • 3 Things to do When a Friend Loses a Loved One

    what to say when someone loses a loved one

    For the longest time I didn’t know what to say when a friend lost a loved one.  It’s not a usual topic of conversation to ask advice on either.  Recently a family friend passed away and I thought about how in the past I had no idea what to say.  So I thought I’d write […]

  • Family & Friends
  • How to Deal with Loss of a Friendship

    As times change and I move into different stages in my life, I notice the people in my life also change.  People I used to talk to and spend time with a lot I hardly see.  We exchange cards and occasional emails, but it’s not the same.  Sometimes I try to keep the connection going, […]

  • Family & Friends
  • Best websites specifically for baby play

    activities for babies

    Now my favorite blogs for kids play also happen to be for baby play.  These sites put together a plethora of activities by category with pictures and descriptions.  So now you have links to activities specifically for babies. Lemon Lime Adventures Kids Activities Blog The Imagination Tree Fun at Home with the Kids These are […]

  • Family & Friends
  • Best blogs for kids activities part 2

    best kids blogs

    Why stop at the ultimate blog when there are other wonderful blogs out there too for kids activities? These blogs have multiple posts I enjoyed.  I like one stop internet shopping for information because otherwise I’m a bookmark hog: one website for this activity and another for that one fills up my favorites folder quite […]