It's end of summer and time to pick peaches. We planted a peach tree a few years ago when we moved into our home, and it began bearing beautiful fruit by the third year. We enjoyed the harvest and were so very sad when the tree died last season. We hoped it would come back this spring, but it didn't. We haven't replaced it yet, but fortunately we made this video when the tree was still with us. We ... Read More about How to Pick, Peel, and Freeze Peaches
Are we helping or enabling our teenage son? My husband and I talk about this all the time. Sometimes we see the issue pretty much the same; other times, we flat out don't. You see, we have two different personality types and sometimes two distinct parenting styles. But we share one vision: we want what's best for our son and for our family. But how do we determine what is best for him and for us, ... Read More about Are You Helping or Enabling Your Child with Autism?
What is patriotism? It's love, devotion, and pride for one's country. In some ways, we tend to be patriotic in similar ways--no matter which country we're from. We display flags, sing anthems, and celebrate historical events. For me, patriotism is deeply rooted in what my parents and ancestors have taught me and the legacy they have left. Patriotism is so important to me that I want to instill in ... Read More about 30 Ways to Be More Patriotic
Summer is the perfect time for reading games to help your kids practice those tricky homophones. As you may recall, homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. The best part is you don't have to spend hours practicing. In fact, it's best to just keep things short--for as long as your child is interested in a particular book or reading activity. ... Read More about Summer Reading Games to Help Kids Practice Homophones
Blended families have a lot of challenges to overcome. One of them can be mental illness. I've personally dealt with the latter but do not have a blended family. Never have. So I reached out to my friend Sally Odekirk for some insight on her blended-family experience, parenting with a spouse who struggles with mental illness. Over 16 years ago, Sally and I were coworkers at the Ensign magazine. I ... Read More about 17 Tips for Blended Families Who Also Struggle with Mental Illness