I shall never forget that day. It was early in the morning and I was walking down the stairs and out of the corner of my eye I saw a menacing shadow. I paused midstep with my foot hanging in the air and looked down. There was a scorpion. If I had taken one more step, I would have likely been stung. Needless to say, the scorpion was dispatched outside rather quickly. Scorpions creep me out.Read more
As the Executive Director for Hope4Utah I have the opportunity to travel the state working with schools, agencies and communities in suicide prevention. Over the past month my phone, emails and trips to the grocery store have been inundated with questions about the Netflix series, “13 reasons Why.” The questions and concerns are valid. I have not watched the series, nor do I plan to. However, I have heard enough from my colleagues and others that I believe I have a pretty good understanding of the content.Read more
Parenting Lessons From A Ten Year Old
"Oh Mom, that is so sad!" said ten-year-old Porter when he got in the car after our fun family night activity.
"What is so sad Porter?" I inquired.
"That little boy, only about three years old, in the car next to us didn't want to get in his car seat, so he started fighting his dad and yelling. Then the dad said, 'Here, have the phone.' As soon as the dad said that, the little boy got quiet. Dads shouldn't reward their children for bad behaviors and shouldn't give their children adult tools, like phones, to play with as toys Mom."Read more
“So what exactly is self-government?” a woman asked me one day.
“It is a principle of freedom that is taught by parents to their children. The parents create an environment that is filled with a loving, calm tone and a firm structure based on skills and cause and effect. This environment helps children take control of their own behaviors and have a change of heart while helping parents correct and teach children in a safe, calm and deliberate way.” I explained.Read more
Why can it be so hard to stay positive? Why is it so easy to get sucked into the negativity trap? Unless there is some force to the contrary, Mother Nature’s default is downhill. Mountains erode, buildings crumble, roads deteriorate, bridges eventually collapse. Rain falls, hits the ground, and flows downhill.Read more
When my husband and I got married, he had four kids between the ages of four and twelve. My husband’s first wife had died in an accident a few years earlier. I had been a teacher and went from living on my own, to married with four kids overnight.Read more
It’s the 30 minutes right before you send your kids out the door and off to elementary school that just might do you in — and the day has only just begun.Read more
The story is told of the mother who had a picture of a large ship in her living room. She was baffled when her sons went off to sea. A man commented that she had been influencing her sons by having this picture that they looked at every day.Read more
While flying 23,000 feet above the earth through clouds and sky the world looks a bit different. The small aircraft is surrounded by parts of the atmosphere. While on the ground it is easy to think of earth as separate from atmosphere even though any science class would prove otherwise. But in the air in a small vehicle that is fairly vulnerable to the elements and the air currents and clouds, it is easy to feel at one with the atmosphere. At this height the plane is part of the sky and dependent upon the atmosphere for safety and direction.Read more
That day is seared in my memory. We were on a family vacation sitting in a fast food restaurant. We were a bit tired from touring the copper mine. And then my son did it. “Look Mom!” He showed me his tongue. Now I have to say, I was shocked and truly impressed. He would fold his tongue inside his mouth so it had four pockets. It was incredible!Read more