Finding Support from Your Friends

We’ve talked extensively about how important it is that we keep friends outside of our marriage.  And that doesn’t mean that we have friends who can’t also be friends with our spouses.  It just means that we look for emotional connections with more people than just our spouses.  I know it’s very true for me; my two best friends give me things my husband never could, and not just things like watching the six-hour BBC “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s a real romantic notion – both in the love and in the story sense of the word – that our spouses … Continue reading

The Difference Between Friendship and Marriage

Sometimes I wonder what the difference is between friendship and marriage.  Not casual friendship, or even good friendship, but really-close, best-friends, rely-on-each-other-for-everything friendship.  If we look to the media for answers, it seems to imply that the only difference is physical desire.  In movies and television, the only or at least primary distinguishable change in the relationship between two characters that are best friends, and then become something more, is that their relationship adds a sexual element. Those are usually my favorite types of stories (as opposed to ones where the characters aren’t friends but jump right to dating), only … Continue reading

Finding the True Meaning of Christmas

My 8-year-old has a severe case of the Christmas gimmies.  Unfortunately, I have myself to blame for her very unmerry malady. Whereas I am by no means showering the kid with pre-holiday presents, I haven’t been doing a very good job focusing on the “reason for the season” either. I’ve been swept into the chaotic tsunami that is the month of December.  Gifts to buy, wrap and mail; cookies to bake, decorate and distribute; cards to take photos for, write and stamp; and the list goes on and on. As a parent, it’s easy to get caught up in the … Continue reading

Fun Christmas Competitions Among Friends

What’s a little competition amongst friends? If you can maintain some perspective, a little friendly rivalry during the holiday season can be fun. This is especially true if you are hosting a Christmas party.  Playing games and setting up a few holiday-themed contests allow you to keep spirits high.  Your guests will surely leave your home smiling after participating in the following festive activities: Scavenger Hunt:  Use a bunch of holiday items, such as tree ornaments, stuffed snowmen, and jarred holiday spices as the objects your guests have to hunt for in and around your home. Santa Scamper:  Players race … Continue reading

Parenting Trumps Friendship

We’ve all heard it. You can’t be your child’s friend; you need to be the parent. I know this was ingrained in me early on. Although this is true, I think the same emphasis needs to be placed on the fact that when you are a good parent, the friendship will come later. It gives you something to look forward to. While I have always known that parenting trumps friendship, I have to admit that sometimes I struggle with this. I don’t like conflict with my children. So sometimes I will bend rules in order to avoid it. That’s not … Continue reading

Special Needs Blog Week in Review – Week of February 5-11, 2012

Parents of children who have special needs are busy. No one ever said that being a parent would be easy, all the time, every day. You might not have had the time to check out the Special Needs blog this week. The Special Need Blog Week in Review makes it easy to find the blogs that you missed. The Special Needs Podcast Roundup went up on February 6, 2012. This week, I recommend that you check out the Hope Saves the Day podcast. The hosts had an interview with Dr. Temple Grandin. Doctors Have Different Opinions About the Mystery Illness … Continue reading

Putting it Together: Blogging Tips, Part 3

Baker’s Dozen of Blogging Tips, part 3 Remove the Navigation Bar: The navbar on your blogger blog looks unprofessional. If you want to give a more polished impression remove it. Guest Posts: Guest posting on blogs is a great way to bring more exposure to your own blog. Accepting guest posts will do the same as that blogger will bring her traffic to you. It is also a great way to get to know and form friendships with other bloggers. Facebook Page: If you do not have a Facebook page for your blog then create one. I read that 1 … Continue reading

Filters Are Your Friends

A friend made fun of me for posting my previous piece about giving the gift of floral photos for Valentine’s Day. I stand by that blog. I’ll have you know that when I was a sophomore in college my then-boyfriend presented me with a framed black-white-photo of a Hawaiian sunset… on Valentine’s Day. Sure, I got dinner and some flowers too, but the photo is the only thing from that relationship that I still have today. It’s a gorgeous shot; much too pretty to part with despite the fact that we parted ways more than a decade ago. Whether or … Continue reading

Interfering in Children’s Friendship Problems

I don’t know why I do it…but alas it has happened again. It is parental intervention in a friendship problem with my child. For some reason I really struggle with letting my children work it out. I hate to see them hurt or not getting along with someone, so I attempt to patch things up. However that almost always backfires. When my oldest son was in middle school he had a lot of difficulties with his best friend. The problem is that his best friend’s mother is also my very good friend. Needless to say it ended up causing friction … Continue reading

Friends Forever

One of my favorite scrapbooks of all time was given to me by my best friend the day before I flew from my life-long home in Hawaii to my new dorm room in Wisconsin. I was 18 years old and excited to be entering a chapter in my life, but sad to be away from my companion of more than a decade. The memory album was filled with photos of us from elementary, middle and high school. Halloweens spent trick-or-treating for full-size Snickers Bars in matching clown costumes all the way to commencement day when we bid good-bye to fifth … Continue reading