Great Game!

Do we keep our children from doing their best when we give them false praise and encouragement for half-hearted efforts? Recently I was called away from a Scrabble-like word game that I enjoy playing on the computer. My score on this game is usually between 800 and...

Making a Difference

I have been struggling this month to figure out what to write about. I ?ve had a couple of ideas and false starts, but nothing has clicked. I don ?t know how to explain it, but when I sit down to write a column, there is a feeling I get if I ?m not on track with the...

A Retrospective of Motherhood

August 1981 I never should have looked around at the ladies in our child-birthing class and picked out the statistical three who looked to me like they would end up having their babies by C-Section. When I got my just deserts, I explained to an elderly friend that I...

Grief in Children

Many years ago I lost a little niece to SIDS. I explained her death to my eight-year-old son as matter-of-factly as I could. “The baby just quit breathing while she was taking a nap and she died. They call it ‘Crib Death.'” “She wasn't...

The “X” Factor

Have you ever sat in a parenting class or lesson and felt like a complete failure? I have a friend who told me once, If I had only had my oldest child, I would have thought I was the world ?s best parent. She got good grades and obeyed the rules, She went to church...