serve the family


It is fantastic to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the service your children do for the family. In January of each year attention turns to thoughts of Martin Luther King Jr and  community service. Conversations take place in real life and in cyberspace about the importance of being of service to others. Mothers happily share stories of the wonderful service projects their children create or complete.

This year, we are teaching my children the importance of service by explaining that service should be a way of life. We want our children to realize that service should be something they do everyday and not something they do just for special occasions or because it is a certain time of year.  We have been stressing this idea specifically with our twelve-year-old son. More »

you and your children not friends


You can find serenity in looking at the parent/child relationship and realizing that you are not friends. Almost every parent has experienced the wrath of a child. That awful moment when a child tells you either:

  • I am mad at you
  • I hate you
  • I like my other parent better
  • You are mean
  • You are not my friend

The first time you hear one of those statements, it really hurts. More »

aesop's fables not just for school

It is sensational to take things your kids learn at school like Aesop’s fables and turn them into teachable moments at home. When I was a child in school, we read Aesop’s fables. For those of you not familiar with them, Aesop was an ancient Greek story-teller who is famous for his short stories or fables.  Each of his fables involved animals or objects that speak and teach lessons to readers. One of the most famous of Aesop’s fables is “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” That famous story tells what happens when one says something bad is happening when in fact it is not.


I read Aesop’s fables, one per night with my oldest son. We read to teach other and talk about the lesson the fable has for us. Some of the stories are deep and require a lot of discussion and figuring out. Other stories are funny and make us laugh as we see ourselves, our family members or friends in the characters. The stories are not the end product, but a stepping off point we use to have conversations, so learn about each other and about the world.  We have also read other books like “The Time Machine” and enjoyed reading a story that takes a few months to read when you go a few pages at a time. The good thing about Aesop’s fables is that each story start and end in an evening. Each night is a new adventure, a new set of lessons to learn. More »

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It is magnificent to know that even after almost a quarter of a century of marriage, you can still have great date nights and KY #YoursandMine I purchased at Walmart can help make them even better. I am many things: wife, mother entrepreneur, blogger, consultant and legal analyst among others. If you look at that list, you will notice that wife is listed first. That is because when all those other jobs are done and gone and I will still be married. Sometimes when I am fortunate, the work I do as a blogger with #CollectiveBias helps me in my role as a wife and when that happens things are fun. After all, how many jobs encourage you to go on a date with your spouse?

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It is wonderful to find a piece of technology that makes your life better like my Samsung Galaxy S4 from Walmart Family Mobile and the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans. This phone and plan make me #Thankful4Savings and thankful that I was introduced to Walmart Family Mobile  by #CollectiveBias. I have been using phones from Walmart Family mobile for more than a year. It started when we picked out a phone for my former Teenie Bopper (now she is the Spelie) as a reward for getting so many college acceptances. Later I got added a line for my husband, the accountant who is always concerned about saving money on everything we do. Recently we added another line so that my children would be able to talk, text and video chat with their big sister who is away at college.

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