The Art of Storytelling

Today I read a friend’s post about New York’s famous “Black and White” cookies. I shared with her that my Dad used to buy giant ones when were kids, but I probably ate too many and now I get queasy just looking at them! But I started to remember how he introduced me to them. He…

The Art of Understanding Personalities

One of the many lessons I have learned over the years is that trying to understand the heart of individuals aids greatly in learning how to deal with them. If you get where they come from, you know where they’re going. Here’s an example: Perhaps someone you know socially is very bossy – I mean always…

The Age of Remembrance

Last week, my firstborn child turned seven. As I continue to get to know my children and their personalities, I have come to call my intense and sensitive son Izzy my twin, and my feisty 5-year-old daughter Yvette my alter-ego! As I have my serious heart to heart talks with them about things they are…

Take Time to Think

The other day, I was having a heart to heart talk with my 5-year-old daughter Yvette. She was telling me that she is sometimes slow to finish her class work. Knowing she’s a good student, I asked what the issue was. She said that sometimes she makes mistakes and it takes her a while to…

That's Not Cute!

I’m going to keep this quick – just jumping on my soapbox and then jumping back off. I love when people share their children’s cute photos and funny videos on social media. Vine has given many the opportunity to catch those cute 6-second scenarios on video. ‘Howsinever’…if I see one more video of some child,…

Creativity in Children: A Lost Art?

A recent local news report indicated that children were becoming less creative. Duh! With the advent of more sophisticated electronics, including telephones, music players, video games and the like, no wonder our children are becoming less creative. And this is nothing new. I did a Google search to see if I could find the details…

Just Say No: The Holiday Toy Edition

Up until now, I have considered myself fortunate in that my children have never been whiny or continually asking for toys every time they see a commercial on television. Actually, that has happened in part because the only channels they watched up until this year were Sprout, Nick, Jr. or PBS Kids, neither of which really…