These are the good ol’ days

These are the good ol’ days

It makes me sad when I hear my friends pine for the good ol’ days of childhood, when you could tell your children what to wear, what to eat, and how to behave on Thanksgiving. Not because I don’t get it – I do – but any day can be the best. We just have to adjust our expectations of what the “best” looks like. One of my favorite memories of my all-but-adult children was on a roadtrip recently, playing “name that tune” of old theme songs from TV shows. I asked one of my boys, “How do you know […]

Anticipation is Keeping me Waiting

Carly Simon’s song “Anticipation” was before my time, but it rings of truth when it comes to the holidays with our older kids.  We have an expectation of how things will go – they will come home with wide open arms like when they were three! They will bask in our presence and eat all their favorite meals at home. They will spend time with their high school friends, sure, but it will be in our kitchen, laughing and cutting up just like the “good ol’ days.”  Oh, boy… The reality may be that — or it may be that […]

And now for something completely different…

And now for something completely different…

We continue the “month of fun” by bringing you something completely different that doesn’t require screens. You can listen on road trips, to and from school, and sitting in the comfort of your own home. Yes, in case you are looking for something else to entertain you and yours, I give you a whole new world of podcasts. (Remember the days of six TV channels and calling the theater to find out what movies were playing?) It might require a little pre-screening of episodes, and not all of these are for younger teens (I will tell you in my reviews […]

Frankly, my Dear, I will Make Your Day

    What are your favorite movie lines?  I bet you immediately think of a few. We are continuing with fun month around here – this week it is movies!! Take some time over the next few weeks to scan the movies below and decide which to watch with your teens while they are home for the holidays.  Of course, there are the classic Christmas movies, but branch out and try some others, just for variety. I will split them into categories so you can decide what makes the most sense for your child and their tastes and age. Most of […]