Yes, Valentine’s Day is the reason this topic is in February, but it isn’t just about romantic relationships. Siblings, extended family, grandparents, godparents, friends – we all have a ton of relationships in our lives and our kids are no exception. Helping them learn to negotiate all these relationships is no small task.
My parents, being smart people, realized that as our kids became teenagers, they wouldn’t want to visit any more. They are tricky, though. They had our boys try skiing because they live near a ski resort. One now loves skiing and will probably keep coming to visit them as long as they live there, just so he can go skiing. In my book, that is grandparenting, master level!
We all want to comfort the ones we love, especially our children, when they are upset or stressed but not all parents, or all kids, are comfortable talking about feelings. For that matter, a lot of times kids genuinely don’t understand what is upsetting them. There are times that trying to force a conversation makes […]Read More
Little kids want nothing more than to talk to mommy and daddy – sometimes a bit too much! But teens? We all know that changes in the teen years. You still see your baby even as they start driving, graduate, move out, and start their own life. Finding a balance between the baby you see […]Read More
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
The song Make New Friendswas woven into the fabric of my youth by its ubiquity in Girl Scouts. I have always loved the sentiment, which I have always taken to mean older friends are more valuable. As adults, this is so much more important. It’s easy to focus all your time and energy on your […]Read More
Choosing legal guardians is tough. Unlike being a godparent, a legal guardian is a legally recognized (and binding) relationship. Your kids will only ever have a legal guardian if you stop being able to be their parent or aren’t close enough to be there when they are needed, such as for medical care. Types of […]Read More
Depending on your faith, you may need to know who your child’s godparents will be almost as soon as they are born, or maybe not until years later. But what goes into choosing a Godparent or what they are expected to do? Is it a legally binding relationship? What family pressures do you have? No one […]Read More