A Sticker Applause!

  Sticker Charts are an easy and economical way to reward positive behavior and give an extra oomph when needed. When our kids were small, I used sticker charts for a variety of things: potty training (one sticker for #1, and two stickers for #2) piano practicing homework completed before bedtime bedrooms tidied before school attitude improvements When you’ve struggled and scolded, begged and badgered, cajoled and called, reprimanded and rehashed, a sticker chart can … Read more

How Halter-breaking Heifers is Like Raising Kids

There I was, standing inside an old, dilapidated building on our property.  In my hands I held one end of the rope. At the other end of the rope somewhere out there was one of the new heifers we had purchased and brought to our place. My job, Dave informed me, was to stay inside that building (he needn’t have worried; I had no desire to see the light of day) and hang onto the … Read more

How Playing as a Team Makes You a Winner

“It sure was fun having you on my team,” I told my daughter as we headed back to the house. We had just finished a Sunday afternoon football game in the front yard. “Yes, Mama,”my five-year-old replied. “It was good I was on your team, because if I wasn’t, a couple of times you would have been dead meat.” I smiled at  her response. She knew she was a valuable member of our team. We’d … Read more

Arrival is a Reason to Celebrate!

    She called it her Arrival. Today, it has been twenty-four years. She has missed so much – but not as much as we have missed her! When Mom arrived in Heaven, she had a baker’s dozen grandchildren. Now there 29 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a few more on the way. No one can ever be completely prepared for the inevitable end of life, but Mom helped prepare us as she prepared herself. No … Read more