Back to School Series, Part 2 Let’s Talk About Empathy (2 of 2)

iStock_000003283930XSmallIn last Friday’s post, I began on the topic of Empathy.  Let’s continue the dialouge…

Back in April, I read an article in Forbes magazine titled “8
Ways to Cultivate Empathy in Kids”.
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Summer Reading

iStock_000010234350XSmallNo matter what school you’re kids attend or what grade they’ll be entering in the fall, there is always recommended summer reading.  Some kids love to read and would rather be reading than swimming, Continue reading

I Accept… Do You?

TraceyI mentioned in a prior blog that I have a new book coming out.  The book is called “Who Do I Look Like?” and it’s about my Chinese character, May.  She was adopted from China and doesn’t look like anyone else in her family.  This has created a bit of an identity crisis for May. Continue reading

Hooray for Dad!

iStock_000011769829XSmallMost men will agree that being a father is the most rewarding relationship that they will ever have. I think we are all familiar with the saying “Thank Heaven for Little Boys!”  It couldn’t be more true, as our “little boys” grow up to be men, and in most cases, Dads:-) Continue reading

New Book Highlights Nature and Nurture

MayGardenI have a new book coming out early next month. It’s about one of my nine characters, May. She is a Chinese girl that was adopted from China, and lives in the U.S. now. Continue reading

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Heart the houseIn honor of the brave citizens of Moore, Oklahoma, and its surrounding areas, and in honor of those that lost their lives in the devastating tornado, please pray, send positive thoughts and assist in any way possible. Our hearts go out to all the families impacted.

When we talk about these tragedies, the conversation inevitably leads to “why would you live there” or “why would you rebuild in a place where this happens so Continue reading

Learned Behavior

Boy And His Father Building A Storage Cabinet TogetherThis past weekend we took our children, ages 9 and 10 ½ to see the movie “42”, the story of Jackie Robinson.  It was a good movie and while parts of it were difficult to watch and some of the words difficult to hear, overall it was a good experience. Continue reading

Who Are Your “People”?

Kids-ChaklboardThe other day I was talking to a friend about her 3 year old son, Thomas. She was sharing with me how much he loves his “Family Tree” book. 3 or 4 times throughout the day he’ll go pick it up, sit down and “read” out loud to anyone who will listen… usually Elmo, Big Bird and the Cookie Monster :) Continue reading

Kids Say the Cutest Things

LibraryThe word “tolerance” came up the other day at a book signing/reading. When I asked the little girl if she thought she had tolerance her response was, “I definitely don’t have tolerance because I’m lactose intolerant”. Continue reading