Category: Strengthen Relationships


Times Got Tough Financially, So We Got Tougher as a Family

On February 15, 1986, Billy Ocean’s “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” peaked at number 6 on the Billboard charts. Appropriate, since that was around the time that Oklahoma was really feeling the effects of the oil boom bust. Times got tough financially. So therefore, we had to get tougher as a … Read more

I’m So Sick of Elf on the Shelf. But I Keep Playing.

“Get an elf!” They said. “It will be fun!” They said.

I’ll be honest. By now, I thought we would be rid of the Elf on the Shelf tradition in our home. It’s been six long years. I didn’t expect our relationship to last this long. Yes, we started off strong. At first, it was … Read more

Back to School This Year - Survive and Thrive

Back to School Time! How to Survive and Triumph This Year

It’s “Back to School” time. Are you ready?

Last Friday night we attended the Back-to-School meeting to learn about what to expect for the upcoming year. While I love our school and I am very happy with the teachers, I still don’t have my head around the fact that school starts on Tuesday.

Based on … Read more

Make the Most of Your Family Time

How to Make the Most of Family Time Together

Inside: Your family time together isn’t going as planned. Now what?

Have you ever planned a family outing or event with great excitement, only to have it fall flat?

What do you do when your family time doesn’t stand up to your “perfect” expectations? How do you deal with frustration when your child isn’t interested … Read more