Family

Perfect picnic with kids: 11 secrets of success

The soft sun rays playing hide and seek with the little ripples on a lake. Warm breeze gently caressing the willow branches. Stylish folding chair couldn’t be more comfortable. The rustic basket was such a perfect find. Plated blanket for a hubby to stretch on. A bottle of your favorite red carefully wrapped to preserve [...]

5 things I wish I never said to my kids

“I was a wonderful parent before I had children. I think that Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish said this about me. When my first baby was born, I was devouring everything ever written under the sun, that was related to raising happy children, using positive discipline, letting them enjoy the special gift of early education [...]

Stop doing your kids’ homework and overloading them with activities! Or don’t?

Leisurely opening my Facebook page this morning I get startled by the screaming title of the first post: “Stop doing your kids’ homework! The burst of fiery energy is just sweeping all the leisureness of this morning away, as I drawn in deeper into the article… You’ve seen it, I am sure. You definitely seen [...]

Traveling to Venice, Italy. Maisy’s becoming a Venetian.

I was awakened today by the fresh breath of the Venetian atmosphere. The hunger and fatigue felt in the pits of my stomach confirmed my jet lag, caused by the fact that I had landed in Italy just one sunset ago. The plane ride was stuffy – of course I was squished in the overhead [...]

Beyond the SAT – how to truly prepare your young adult for college

You’ve helped them with their SAT or ACT practice tests. You’ve listened to them have borderline anxiety attacks during finals week. You’ve sat for hours discussing dream schools, reach schools, and target schools. You’ve attended numerous campus tours and now own what seems like a dozen free college shirts. You’ve celebrated them getting accepted to [...]

Helping Children to Make Friends

Every morning I wake up to the same sound: “Friends will be friends! When you’re in need of love they give you care and attention, – shouting the stereo in my son’s room. As much as I love Queen, I am quite tired of this song. “Tired doesn’t have enough intensity to describe it… yet [...]