Gen X Parents Raising Connected Children

The world has changed, in so many ways, between when you were a child and today. Parents who are part of Generation X are the first to raise children (and teens) in a world where the internet is so prevalent. Times have changed, in so many ways! The Washington Post has an article titled “Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything”. It was written by Allison Slater Tate and posted on September 19, 2014. In it, she comments on the difficulties faced by parent who can’t understand why their kids won’t … Continue reading

Defining Success

How do you define success as a parent?  Is it dependent on your child’s abilities and talents?  This is a common issue for many families. I have to be honest, I am never impressed when I hear someone rattle off all the activities that little Johnny is involved in.  I’m not moved by the fact a teenager is taking on a heavy load of AP courses, working and involved in sports. As a matter of fact, I actually start to feel sorry for the kid.  The only way I might not is if I have full assurance the extra-curricular activities … Continue reading

Be Ye Therefore Perfect

As a member of the church, I’ve always known that the phrase perfection, or some form of it appears multiple times in the scriptures. We need to “be ye therefore perfect”, or “be perfected in Christ”. I am not going to deny that hearing that perfection is the ultimate goal can feel very depressing. An article by, Janet S. Scharman, in BYU Magazine was shared on a friend’s blog. The title of the article of course peaked my interest, “Seeking Perfection Without Being a Perfectionist”. I thought, I definitely need to read that! So, I did. And, it was a … Continue reading

I Need My Sundays

You really don’t realize how important it is to attend church every Sunday until you have to miss one or two or even more than that. I recently had my third child, and despite my church responsibilities, I took a few weeks off from church before returning. The thing about missing church is that you don’t really realize the difference attending every week makes in your life until you go back. This is one reason why I feel that it really is easy to go inactive and stay that way. You don’t think church makes a difference in your life … Continue reading

Tips for Getting Your Customer Service Issues Resolved

The amount of shopping that you do during the holiday season may increase the amount of time that you spend dealing with customer service issues. Here are a few tips for getting what you want and need from customer service. You may want to keep this list handy after the holidays too, because you never know when you might need it. The very first thing to do when you have a customer service issue is to clearly and politely ask for what it is that you want. Do not be shy, it will not get you anywhere. It is important … Continue reading

Another Great Thing About Working From Home

Last week, my colleague Stephanie Romero wrote an excellent post about working from home while sick. I wholeheartedly agree that there is so much to appreciate about working from home when you are not feeling well. Home-based professionals can get the rest that they need when they need it, make themselves comfortable, and get things done during their sick days as they are able to. Additionally, we do not have to worry about getting other people at the office sick if what we are sick with is something contagious like a flu or stomach bug. Home-based professionals are also able … Continue reading


“Momnesia”: A rare, or maybe not so rare, form of amnesia contracted by women as a result of having children. Before I had Logan I never had too much trouble remembering things. Now, well that’s a different story and I’m afraid it’s gotten even worse as a single mother! There is just so much going on in our lives all the time that I can barely keep anything straight anymore. I’m lucky if I can remember my own name some days, let alone doctor appointments, school schedules, or play dates! At least when I was married there was someone else … Continue reading

Ignorance Continues

I have to admit that I am like just about everyone else out there. When I feel like something, or someone I love is attacked, I want to defend. It is no different when wanting to defend my own religion. When I was in high school, I distinctly remember sitting around with a handful of friends and the subject of religion came up. I grew up in Texas, so when it came to religion, I was always the minority. In a school of 2500 students, there were only a handful of us, maybe 5 or 6, that were LDS. So, … Continue reading

Parents Need to Make Time to Release Stress

Often, the things that are the most difficult to do end up being the most rewarding. Parenting fits this description. Children are a blessing, but they can also the biggest source of a parent’s stress. Parents of kids who have special needs experience high amounts of stress. It is very important for parents to make time to release that stress in a healthy, appropriate, way. Parents want to make sure that their children have everything they need. Parents of kids who have special needs frequently end up focusing so much of their attention on their child that they forget to … Continue reading

Our Own Unique Languages

Every person has their own unique language. It comes from the way they were raised, books they’ve read, experiences they’ve had—everything influences the way they see the world around them, and they will have their own ways of expressing their thoughts, feelings, and desires. When you are in a relationship with someone, you’ll find the greatest happiness of success in your relationship if you learn to speak their language, and if they learn to speak yours. If something goes wrong with your current relationship and you find yourself in another down the road, you will need to learn that person’s … Continue reading