When my son was 12, he sang barbershop with his dad and grandpa. A few nights a week they had long rehearsals. One night, my son didn’t get to bed until midnight after a rehearsal. He slept in the next mor... more
A week ago, I was standing in the kitchen canning peaches, and my whole family atmosphere fell apart all around me in a matter of five minutes.
My son was asked by his father to help with something in the bac... more
I once received a note from a reader about her 14-year-old son who was quite the thinker. He always wanted to know “Why?” about everything, which is wonderful, but it was leading to problems respecting auth... more
A while ago, I was driving down the highway looking at the clear blue sky and the snow-capped mountains. A bird with a bright yellow head and a black body was perched on a wooden fence on the side of the road... more
Fun is so important for good personal and family health. Every Sunday we choose a family activity to do together sometime that week. My children also set a fun goal for the week with their father. He asks a... more
“Is it okay for children to correct their parents?” I often get asked by parents who are hoping to be just in their parenting. My answer to them is, “Well, that all depends how and when it’s done.... more
I frequently get asked if Teaching Self-Government principles still work while you’re on a family vacation. The answer is a wholehearted yes! I’ve used the principles on many trips over the years, once for... more