Family

This is about all your family relationships.

I Rejoice for Her
COVID-19
Current Events
Extended Family
Grandparents
Health and Wellness
Serious Illness
Tough Topics

I Rejoice for Her

My Mother-in-Law died the Wednesday before Mother’s Day 2020 of COVID-19. The hardest thing is that the last time any of us saw her in person, she was well. At 90+, her memory was shot, but she was happy and physically well. (The image in this post is from the last time I saw her, […]

Read More
Photo by Xavier Minguella Minguella on ScopioPhoto by Xavier Minguella Minguella on Scopio
Caregiving
COVID-19
Grandparents
Health and Wellness
Serious Illness

COVID-19: All the Details Most Don’t Want

Mema and COVID-19 My mother-in-law was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 29th. Most people speak in generalities, and how things feel. This is specifics – her O2 levels, lab results, and other clinical details that most people don’t know or ask about. I will keep updating it as her story unfolds. (Because of HIPPA, there […]

Read More
Gift Guide: DO Something
Featured
Gift Guides
House and Home
Mom & Mother's Day
Quick Tips
Your Wife

Gift Guide: DO Something

You aren’t likely to go wrong with the classics like flowers and breakfast in bed, and if she doesn’t like those you almost certainly already know. But there is something I suspect would make most women happy that most never put on a gift list: finish something on their honey-do list. If she has been […]

Read More
The Kindness Challenge
Ethics and Morals
Family
Mental Health
Quick Tips
Relationships
Social Issues

The Kindness Challenge

Some kids were seemingly born kind. Then there’s the other 98%. The organization Kids for Peace has a Kindness Challenge. The goal is to simply be kinder to those around us. I love the idea! See what your family can come up with or try one of these suggestions. Compliment someone. Talk to someone who looks lonely. Do […]

Read More
33 Questions To Ask Your Dad
Bonding
Family
Featured
Grandparents
My Dad
Relationships
Then and Now

33 Questions to Ask Your Dad

Two weeks ago, my dad was healthy. Old (in his 80s, he won’t argue that point), but healthy. Within 24 hours, he was hospitalized and although he is home now, they never figured out what went wrong and he’s still not well. It’s the sort of thing that really makes you realize all the questions you […]

Read More
Why Barbie isn't a Terrible Role Model
Daughters
Featured
Fun and Games
Little Kids

Why Barbie Isn’t a Terrible Role Model

Barbie gets a bad rap from grown-ups because that don’t understand what little girls instinctively know: Barbie is a 3D paper doll, full stop. And that’s the crux of why Barbie isn’t a terrible role model: She isn’t a role model at all.  I learned a lot from Barbie playing with Barbies, but none of […]

Read More
My Dad: The Belated Eagle Boy Scout Eagle Explorer Silver Award
Featured
My Dad

My Dad: The Belated Eagle

I’m proud of my dad. I’m proud of my mom too, but today is his day. Sixty-four years ago, Dad earned an Eagle-equivalent award called the Explorer Silver Award, enlisted, moved away, and never received it. Today, he finally received it. Boy Scouts of America has recognized that more than a few no-longer-young men who […]

Read More
Back To School Tech: Family Calendar Apps
Family
Featured
Reviews
School

Back To School Tech: Family Calendar Apps

I don’t hold with conspiracy theories that Google, Apple, Amazon or anyone else care what individuals are doing, but I am tired of feeling like I am supporting a few giant companies that keep swallowing up small businesses and getting bigger. I know I’m not alone in this but finding other choices can seem like too […]

Read More
How To Have Cheap, Fast, Easy Romantic Staycation
Featured
Mom & Mother's Day
Short Reads
Travel & Vacation
Your Wife

How To Have Cheap, Fast, Easy Romantic Staycation

It’s no secret, getting away with kids can be so much work (and luggage) that it’s easier to just stay home, and getting away for a romantic weekend with your beloved can be twice that much work. The simple (and affordable) answer is a romantic staycation. You won’t even need a babysitter. Getting Ready Do […]

Read More
Breastfeeding When You are a Wet Nurse
Ages and Stages
Family
From Mom
Health and Wellness
Little Kids
Your Wife

Breastfeeding When You Are A Wet Nurse

It may not be the oldest profession, but it’s gotta come close. No, not that one. Being a wet nurse. Wet nurses breastfeed babies who aren’t their own. Through much of history, wealthy families employed them to feed and take care of the children so the mom didn’t have to. But wet-nurses weren’t only for […]

Read More