It’s hard to escape a good upbringing. That may serve as solace if your children become teens and start to act less than cordial or flirt with life’s endless array of potential bad choices—from bad hair to questionable beaus.
It’s easy for kids to feel powerless. As far as swaying the way of the world, children generally get shorted. As parents, it’s important to teach our kids that they have what it takes to make a difference. You may be surprised what sort of greatness emerges as they grow into adults.
I can’t help but feel a little jealous of the Elf on the Shelf and Christopher Pop-In-Kins moms and dads. To tell the truth, I really didn’t know what it was all about. But I knew that it looked dangerously like adding one more thing to my ’Tis the Season to do list if I were to get caught up in whatever it was that I kept seeing little pixies doing in pictures on Facebook.
There’s something great about giving gifts to kids. The unabashed reactions are priceless as they tear open the wrapping paper or rip off the bows to reveal the doll or bike they’ve been pining for. You can’t help but feel their joy to the world when they jump in the air and whoop it up.
Christmas cookies, cakes and candies are my weakness. So it’s particularly hard to deny the pint-sized versions of me the goodies when I struggle to say no. Don’t get me wrong I am not shoveling Oreos and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups down my throat. But I am not baking dozens of sugar-free gingerbread people either. Baking is where I splurge.
Two days before Thanksgiving, I saw a post that hit me like an 18-wheeler plowing a wild turkey. A Facebook friend of mine posted a picture of his stepdaughter, who I never knew. Below it said she would have turned 23 that day and that he was grateful for the 18 years they had with her.
It’s amazing how quickly the love fades. It wasn’t long ago that the mere mention of the name Justin Bieber elicited screams from my 10-year-old daughter. So I was a little surprised at her reaction when I mentioned the news about the ol’ Biebster and starlet/girlfriend Selena Gomez calling it kaput.
One morning after the election, I asked my 10-year-old daughter Chloe if she knew that women weren’t always allowed to vote. Yes. “History books,” she said. “Duh.”
Nearly every report card of mine from the second grade on had this comment from teachers: “Arrissia does not work up to her potential.” I recall always feeling a heave of despair when reading that. But I also don’t recall anyone pushing me to do better.
March 3 dawned with mostly clear skies over the mountains in the wake of the weekend's storms. Temperatures were frigid in the early morning at 11 degrees when this photo was taken around 6:30 a.m. from Stanfield Cutoff. The forecast calls for sunny skies the remainder of the week, making for ideal skiing and boarding and perfect winter mountain weather.
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The boulders were covered in snow, but birds were still out swimming in the lake on March 1.