4 Life Skills That Will Teach Kids How to Shoulder Responsibility

I have a new article up at AFineParent.com. This one is all about how raising your kids to be competent adults by giving them responsibility now. Not only is this article full of great research, but it give you a little view into my family life.   Here I am. Folding laundry. The ball and … More 4 Life Skills That Will Teach Kids How to Shoulder Responsibility

Summer Writing

This summer has sucked for writing. Absolutely sucked. I have gotten nothing done. I wanted to have a draft of my book finished by the end of this month, but I am miles away from that now. I’m trying to write today, but am finding it impossible. Why? The kids. The house. The garden. I … More Summer Writing

Somethings really do need explanation

Let me recount a phone conversation I had the other day. “Hello, ____ Vet Hospital, can I help you?” “Yes. I need to make an appointment for our new kitten.” “Great! Last name?” “Carlson” “And the pet’s name?” “Lord Durin Thunderbolt Orc Slayer.” “…..  Say again?” “Lord. Durin. Thunderbolt. Orc. Slayer.” “Lord? -” “Durin Thunderbolt … More Somethings really do need explanation