Back-To-School Tips: Empower Your Kids For a Great School Year

Your kids are probably already into their first few days of Back-To-School. Or will be starting soon. Here’s must-have tips to empower your kids for a great school year!

To the school & teachers: I give you my children. Therefore, I give you my heart. You have them for most of the day. Will you please care for, encourage, guide, challenge and respect them? I entrust them to you. The teachers, coaches, administrators, leaders – you hold my heart within your care. And at this Back-To-School time, here’s the tips that you, as parents, must have to empower your kids.

Get The Most Out Of Summer. Things To Do Before Trading Summer Sun For School Bells

Make The Most Of These Last Days of Summer

Soon it’s trading Summer Sun for School Bells.

But here’s some ways to savor these last days of summer and making memories with your kids. And isn’t that what it’s all about? Time, fun and memories with your kids? Here’s what YOU can do to savor summer! Don’t miss out on THESE life-long memories in the making!

What Happens When Facing Change? Media, Moms, Live Interview & Thinking On Your Feet

We all face change. And often it happens in an instant. And especially as parents. You learn to adjust, switch gears and think on your feet.  And that’s what happened today. Live radio and television interviews lined up starting early this morning. The topic? Savoring The Last Days of Summer.  And while LIVE ON-AIR – you won’t BELIEVE what happened! You have to see this.

Back-To-School Time: The First Day of School Bittersweet Exhuberation…Tears and Triumph: Empowering Our Kids: Empowering Ourselves

It’s the eternal paradox of parenting. It’s Back-To-School time.  Are you triumphantly dancing at the freedom or are you grabbing your tissues for your tears?  No matter where you fit in that mix – here’s some perspective you won’t want to miss as you prepare yourself and your kids for the new school year.

 
At the end of the school year – you can’t wait for summer! But by the end of the summer – for me anyway, I’m glad my kids are still alive! 
 
But the new school year is always more than just that, it’s a new beginning.  A new school start..  The juxtaposition of “Thank GAWD they are back in school” and “Oh wait! You’re growing up so fast – too fast”.…. these bittersweet thoughts always smack you straight upside the head when the new school year rolls around. At least it does for me.
 
So as we get ready to start each new year…. and we watch our kids grow……  what we really see is our hearts walking down the hallway, new backpack and all….  walking one step further away from us….    All the while strengthening their roots…  but also one more step towards developing their wings to fly on their own.  No matter their age, or their grade: the trepidation is the same, the glances back from them – no words needed, because, while their words say, “Momma, we’re big and growing you know…” ; their hearts and eyes need no words to say, “Momma, Daddy, I’m kinda scared, kinda excited— and I’m trying to act like I don’t need you.”  
 
 My Precious Babies:  From my heart to yours – I am saying the same thing.  Here’s reminders to empower YOU and YOUR kids for this school year. 
 

Lemonade Stand Makes National News, Empowers Kids and Gives Back To Dallas Police

It started out as a small idea. That proverbial tiny mustard seed. The result was ASTOUNDING!! How did lemonade and popcorn bring together a community, change lives, make NATIONAL NEWS and raise THOUSANDS of dollars for the families of the fallen Dallas Police Officers? You WON’T believe how a small idea empowers an entire community – and mostly our First Responders. You won’t believe what happened next!

How To Talk To Your Kids About Violence

How To Talk To Your Kids About Violence

AP DALLAS SHOOTINGS PROTEST DALLAS A USA TX“Mommy, Is a killer still on the loose?”

He hadn’t even had a chance to wipe the sleepiness from his gaze.  Yet fear was written all over his face.

My innocent child-awash in the violent reality that shattered our world overnight.

Drowning in fear and insecurity – he’s looking to me for answers.

Yet, I was grappling to gasp my own emotional breathe, my still-unprocessed grief and our new gut-wrenching reality we call our world.

How was I to answer his questions? What will I say to all my boys?

Here’s some tips for talking to your kids about violence.

The Selfie Generation: Entitled or Empowered?

The Selfie Generation: Entitled or Empowered?

FACE IT: The Selfie Is Here To Stay.

It’s as ubiquitous as are cell phones.

And isn’t it funny that today is “NATIONAL SELFIE DAY”?!

We live in a world where everyone thinks ‘it’s all about me’ – and that is especially – and acutely accurate for our kids, dubbed, “The Selfie Generation”.

But how do you prevent your child from thinking THEY are the center of the universe?