Snow Shoveling

Ahhh, if we get any more snow this year, I might just up and move to Florida, or maybe the Bahamas, or Jamaica.  Okay probably not, but I am very tired of shoveling. ...more

Parenting a Reluctant Parent.

My friend and I went out to dinner the other night to catch up on each other’s lives.  She has recently joined me in the rank of caregiver and has had to endure a very steep learning curve.  She moved her mother, who was still independent and in reasonable health, in with her a few months ago.  A month after that, everything hit the fan and she began a journey down the road of hospitals, doctors, and difficult decisions.  Her mother is now home with her but has not fully recovered yet, and they have entered a place I know all too well ...more

Heavy Burdens

Suddenly doing a little traveling by myself has brought some not-so-happy things to the surface for my husband.. On a day I was gone for my friend's birthday, he spent the whole day alone. He didn't have work, the kids were at school, plus the schools got locked-down due to some police activity and they were both late getting home. Most of us LOVE having that much time alone. Some never get that kind of time....more

Lottery Charities - You Win even when You Lose

Most of us play the lottery for fun, entertainment, and most importantly for the excitement that it brings into our routine lives, even though we are aware that our chances of winning are slim to none. ...more

Holding Back the Tears

Holding Back the Tears Yesterday, Jan. 28, was Barbra Watson-Riley’s birthday. Barbra would have been 46. Would have been, because we lost her last November to cancer. Yesterday, there were a lot of memories, pictures and thoughts posted about Barbra on various social media platforms. Looking at them, recalling fun times and viewing the pictures of Barbra with her husband and daughter, made yesterday an emotional day....more

It Could Be Worse

It could be worse.It could be worse.It could be worse.I repeated those words in my own mind for months leading up to the heartbreaking news that I had just received. My baby, my first born, my son was in desperate need of another open heart surgery.  Except this time, his fragile, tiny heart needed a titanium valve to save his life. It could be worse....more

Eating, Chewing, Swallowing.

The last few times I’ve visited Dad have been during lunchtime, something I usually try to avoid as I know the staff have six people to feed and I don’t want to get in their way. I prefer to come in the afternoons because Dad is not cranky from waking up, and I can skip lunch. Unfortunately, this means he is drowsy or asleep from eating, but you can’t have everything, and, the last few months he has been more alert at this time so I can interact with him....more

Not Enough Time in the Day

Ahhh, there is not enough time in the day. Ever thought that, or perhaps are living that over and over? I am. Not sure how to balance family, friends, money, and time. Me too. This is starting to sound like an infomercial for Making Care Easier, but even as a founder, I forget that I can use our tool to ask for help....more

The Sleep Lady Sleep Tips

TLC For Kids, Inc has been St. Louis’ premiere nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.  ...more

Genetics.

There is a question I hear a lot - second only to the question about whether Dad recognizes me or not.  People ask me whether I am afraid of ending up with Lewy Body dementia, like my Dad.  Since we still know so little about all the types of dementia and how and why they are caused, there are still questions about whether it is genetic or not.  I believe Alzheimer’s is thought to be genetic, and indeed, I talk to many families who have several generations of it in their midst.  I’m not sure what the consensus is on the other types of ...more