The Best Summer Reading List Ever (With Something for Everyone)

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Even though we’re only one day into summer, I am very excited to share this summer’s reading list with you. If you are travelling, if you’re soaking up the sun, if you’re passing time while shuffling kids from camp to camp activity, this list has something for everyone. I’ve already started working on it, but I’m curious to know what you’re reading this summer. Leave a comment and let me know! Continue reading

Sharing Gratitude

THE LOST ART OF THANK YOU

I can remember it fondly. My three sweet children used to skip through our house chanting “Please and thank you, they’re the magic words…please and thank you, ’cause they’re the magic words.”

Those words were indeed magical and fun. Now that I think about it, I owe a lot to a certain purple dinosaur for introducing that song in our family. Unfortunately, though, as the kids got older, we stopped singing – and sometimes saying – those words at all. Continue reading

Our Summer Manifesto

Summer Manifesto

No more pencils, no more books.

No more teacher’s dirty looks.

But if you ask my children, they will say they are prone to getting dirty looks from their mom. After all, our word for the summer is structure, need I say more?

Wait. what? A word for the summer that has absolutely nothing to do with fun or sleeping late or recording Snapchat videos in the middle of the night?  Continue reading

I Am Not a Jerk Whisperer

Really good advice on how to deal with jerks in your life.

Summer is here! I’m thrilled to be approaching the summer vacation that will allow me to spend a lot of time creating memories with my family. But let’s face it, I live with three teenagers, who are not always the kindest people in the world, and whose brains sometimes amass into a flurry of hormone-controlled impulses that can make for stressful times.

I spent most of my Memorial Day weekend on Pinterest gathering ideas for summer projects and challenges for our family to participate in, and I realized that none of our projects are going to be accomplished if we don’t have some basic ground rules. Actually, there’s one basic rule for summer survival in our family – all the others fall upon this one.

I am not a jerk whisperer.

Nor will I try to be. I can’t even remember where I first heard that sentence, but it is now my parenting and life mantra. While this is the absolute key to living with three teenagers, especially when we’re all creating wonderfully, happy memories together, I’m also employing this rule when dealing with adults as well.

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