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A Lesson Learned

     We came to DC thinking we could get mugged.  We left our hotel this morning, with our money hidden, and pinned in our pockets, and no bags visible to steal.  We were ready to battle the muggers of DC... more
Girl whispering in class

Can I Use TSG With Someone Else's Child? Continued

           Thank you for answering my question! Here are a few more specifics if it helps. I am mostly dealing with younger children–I am teaching the oldest age group I have ever had this year, the... more
Girl whispering in class

Can I Use TSG With Someone Else's Child?

I teach Primary at church, and have taught several different age groups over the past few years.  It seems that every year, there is at least one child in my class who has a lot of problems behaving properly a... more
Girl with flower bouquet

Slow Down, Mom

FAMILY I ran into a stranger as he passed by, 'Oh excuse me please' was my reply. He said, 'Please excuse me too; I wasn't watching for you.' We were very polite, this stranger and I. W... more


Being over critical of things that don’t really matter, like table manners, personal grooming, age appropriate actions, and school grades tells the child that you don’t accept them for who they are or are t... more
Mother reading to daughter on couch

Mission By Example

I was sitting on the couch today going over plans for our next trip when my six year old daughter, Londyn, sat down next to me and said, "We have to go to Virginia because you want to make the world better, don... more
Broom, dustpan, and child's feet

Why Not?

I instructed my daughter to sweep the floor.  She said, “OK Mom, but I don’t know how.”    This surprised me.  She had seen me sweep the floor so many times, that I forgot she might not even know ho... more
Yellow Canary on barbed wire fence

I Am Not Looking!

I was driving down the highway this morning looking at the clear blue sky and the snow capped mountains.  A bird was perched on a wooden fence on the side of the road.  The bird had a bright yellow head and a... more
Dad playing airplane with daughter

Fun... So Important!

Fun is so important for good personal and family health.  Every Sunday we decide upon a family activity that we can do together sometime in the week.  My children also set a fun goal for the week with their f... more
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