As we approach Halloween I see more and more decorations out that celebrate the macabre. A house down the street from us has skeletons climbing over the house, and it's lit up at night with eerie purple lights. I smiled when I saw it... thought, "Cute." Cute? Really? How did symbols of death and mortality… Continue reading Fear
I have been thinking a lot about values lately. There are things that we assume are universal that are actually just a part of our value system. It is very disruptive when we run into people that don't hold the same values we do. The thing is, we often don't recognize that something is a… Continue reading Values
How do you feel about change? What is your first response when something changes? Things are changing all around us in the midst of this pandemic. Things we thought would always be the same are suddenly different. Our home has had quite a few changes in the last little while. Those changes have ranged from… Continue reading Change
How much do you do to support another person? When does helping become enabling or even hurting? How do you know when you've reached the line? These are all questions we have been asking ourselves the last little while. As Foster Parents we have been thrown into a world that is new to us. The… Continue reading How much?
How do you deal with setbacks? When something is in between you and a goal what is your response? How hard are you willing to fight to overcome it? I think the answer probably has something to do with whether or not you can see the end goal clearly. This past weekend we were scheduled… Continue reading Setbacks
What do you do when you feel cranky? Do you recognize it quickly or are you oblivious until you lose your cool? I've heard a lot about people being cranky the last few days. Covid-19 fatigue is one of the things that comes up. I've felt it, although I have no specific reason I can… Continue reading Cranky
What do you need today? Not "What do you want?", we all have a lot of those... I want the sun to shine, I want the kids to get up on time, I want someone to make supper... but what do you actually need? We all have basic needs for food, shelter, clothing and purpose.… Continue reading See a need. Fill a need.
If you had told us last year that masks would be a normal part of life this fall we would have found it inconceivable that such a drastic change could take place. Yet here we are. Masks used to be something you only saw on medical professionals or contractors doing dirty work. When I traveled… Continue reading Masks
Well it's that time of year when students are headed back to school! But for the first time ever, everybody is headed to something new! Even if your child has attended the same school for several years, this year will be like no other. Almost everything will be different. The crowded hallways and busy chatter,… Continue reading The New School
I love to travel! I love the adventure of seeing a new place, exploring what makes it different, learning about it's history and experiencing it's sights, sounds and tastes. I love sharing it with other people. Travel has always been good for me... even on the trips where there were challenges and misadventures. When we… Continue reading Travel
I finished a task this week. The task had been on my to do list for ten years! That is a pretty ridiculous time frame for any project. Now to be fair it was never actually written on a piece of paper... that would have made it even more frustrating as everything else on the… Continue reading Intention
Last week I talked about how we all seek meaningful connections. This led me to thinking about what we need to be able to form those connections. The first thing that comes to my mind is trust. In order for me to have a healthy relationship with someone I need to trust them... but what… Continue reading Trust
What do you fill your day with? It seems in the summer at our house there is a lot of empty time. I wrestle with letting kids sleep until noon but acknowledge that if I make them get up there isn't really anything for them to do. All they want to do is watch TV… Continue reading Time
What does summer mean to you? For many it means slowing down to an easier pace. Lazy mornings, fun afternoons, endless evenings on the deck. I remember the summers of my childhood being idyllic! Long days of playing outside with friends. Popsicles in the backyard, sprinklers, bare feet and bicycles. Drinking from the garden hose… Continue reading Summer begins
In an interesting twist, the training this week we did on behaviour management applied more to us than to the kids we are raising. In the midst of all the regular stuff on behaviours was a little throw away point about pesky behaviours. Most of the stuff we talk about in our training deals with… Continue reading Behaviour