I saw this sign this week and I keep thinking about it. It's a warning at Park City Ski Resort--"Don't go where you don't have the skill to get off the mountain" and it should be heeded. But...is anything meaningful easy? Is it better to stay on the safe paths for the rest of our … Continue reading No Easy Way
Mental Models and Stories
Hitting My Hot Buttons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmQw7NVZEmc I wrote about this show, Til Debt Do Us Part, in another post, here. This particular episode, above, hits all my passions-- teaching children to work, not being a mother martyr, doing big family projects together and paying off a mortgage. Unfortunately this couple was going in the wrong direction on their spending, adding … Continue reading Hitting My Hot Buttons
The holidays can be joyful for many of us, or really, really hard. Right now, my sweet mother-in-law is in a nursing facility, away from all of her family and our many holiday traditions with her. Any of us could be mourning the passing of a loved one, or feel trapped at home in order … Continue reading Hope
People Are Watching
Last week I was playing tennis at a local high school. Despite COVID, classes are meeting everyday at this particular school. A large group of students came out, took off their masks and starting playing pickle ball. My middle-aged team and this more spry group shared the 8 courts peacefully, each court focused on their … Continue reading People Are Watching
Summer-Read-Aloud Part 2
I am posting the second part of this list again, from my experienced friend, Karen Arenesen. This is the second half of her list. I thought I would have to do three posts, but I was able to fit them into two. These books specifically highlight great morals and character, mostly by showing children going … Continue reading Summer-Read-Aloud Part 2
Summer-Read-Aloud Part 1
“Children’s books fairly pulsate with power when it comes to teaching. There are endless ways in which books power learning.” Michael O. Tunnell, chair, Department of Teacher Education, McKay School, BYU Reading aloud with our children is sharing a delicious, binding experience with them. They will see how much we love a book and it … Continue reading Summer-Read-Aloud Part 1
What Is On the Inside, Counts!
I couldn’t put my figure on what was missing in the newest version of the movie “Emma.” The videography was breathtaking with pastoral views of the English countryside. The rooms in each stately house, the store where they bought fabric and ribbons, and their period clothing were visually stunning. I was gasping over the design … Continue reading What Is On the Inside, Counts!
Happy Birthday, America!
We had a different 4th of July. No sleeping overnight for the teenagers in our family to save a spot for the big Provo parade. No extended family reunion on the 3rd of July in Provo Canyon. No Stadium of Fire--we watched from our balcony all of the fireworks going off in Provo. We gathered … Continue reading Happy Birthday, America!
“You Can Have a Better Life, and God Will Help You.”
In digging around the web for definitions on self-reliance, as it pertains to teaching our children, I stumbled across these 12 principles on the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints website, churchofjesuschrist.org. 12 Principles of Self-Reliance. Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ (D&C 104:15)Use Time Wisely (Alma 34:32)Be Obedient (D&C 130:20–21)Manage Money (D&C 104:78)Work: Take … Continue reading “You Can Have a Better Life, and God Will Help You.”
Way of the Warrior Kid
One of the crucial but magical stewardships we have as parents is teaching our children how the world works. For hundreds of years children have lived and worked in families, learning to feed and clothe themselves and navigate the world in order to thrive. Things have changed so much in the last 150 years to … Continue reading Way of the Warrior Kid