How are you living?

"Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say." Wayne Dyer ...more

The Parent You Wanted vs. The Parent You Have

A recent conversation with someone reminded me how many people struggle to have an authentic relationship with their parent or parents. Do you have the parent you wanted? or Do you have expectations that were never fulfilled? It seems that hurt feelings and heat of the moment rants can carry forward and in this case is placing a burden on everyone who is close to the situation....more

Letting Go

Last month when I put my older son on the school bus for the first time. The time when I went to hold his hand and he pushed it away. The first time he woke up and dressed himself rather than wait for me to pick out his clothes. These are all times when I've had to practice letting go. ...more

How To Survive Parents' Night, Together or Apart

I read in the newspaper the other day that money, addiction and sex are the main causes for divorce.  But I think the reporter overlooked what must be the biggest cause:  Parent’s Night.  There isn’t a couple I know who doesn’t break into hives or involuntary twitching at the mention of having to sit through two hours of assemblies and parent/teacher conferences.   I have seen solid unions reduced to ruins after only an hour of enduring a fifth-grade teacher conference.  They ought to consider adding something in the vows about committing to Parent’s Night....more
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Tell Her

Tell her it has been far too long since we've seen her beautiful face or heard her deep laughter. Make sure she knows we miss her. Tell her we hear her; every single tear and every single plea and we wish we could provide the answers she seeks.  ...more

Feedback and Reflections of our Summer Camp Experience

September is such a symbolic month.  For many people it’s a time of renewal with the kids back at school, the weather starting to change (unless you’re in Florida like we are), new projects on the horizon, and memories of summer gently wisping through your mind. For those of us in the camp industry, it’s a time to reflect on the summer, once we’ve rewarded ourselves with some rest and relaxation, of course!...more

Designing a School Administrators' Web Page

In deciding what steps to take to establish a professional on-line presence as an educator, I started with my school's web page.  In education, it's always best to start where you are, work with what you have, and make strides towards achieving goals - and this new endeavor of mine is no different.  Since my district's web site already provides me with my own web page, I decided to direct my energies on developing that space. As I plan what my section of the school web site will look like I realize there are a few problems.  For one there are limitations to ...more

Gifts for my late father

Last year, my father passed away on the second day of Ramadan (God bless his soul/الله يرحمه). In honour of his memory, I wished to share a post I wrote for my blog in June for his birthday about the ways we can honour our parents after they have died.Gifts for my late father on his birthdayFor the first time in my life, I won’t be able to wish my dad a happy birthday on June 13....more

Thoughts on Living at Home

Three Parts, A Portion of the Whole

Three Parts, A Portion of the WholePhotography and Text by Jules Hovee Steffen ...more