Here are some tips for getting unplugged on vacation, and some trip ideas that will keep you and your family engaged with each other and the world around you.
“Tell me a story about The Green Man Goes Trick-or-Treating.” When my daughter Sally was 3, that’s what she’d demand every night at bedtime for about a year. The Green Man is a weathered bronze statue of a soldier that stands on a big rock about two blocks from our house. I’d tell Sally bedtime stories in which the statue comes to life and has adventures with her.
It happens to everyone (for some more than others)... We look around, and realize, life is TOTALLY out of balance!! For some, its obvious when the shift happens, but for most, the shift is a subtle, quiet, and sometime even seductive change to the dance steps that we don't even notice takes place.
As parents we are always concerned about the safety of our children. When they were little we covered outlets, locked cabinets, and made sure they were wearing seat belts. As they got older, we taught them to dial 911 in an emergency and wear a bicycle helmet. As ‘tweens and teens, they still need our helping hands to keep them safe—perhaps now more than ever.
“Wendy!” I said, “What happened to your dress?” It was a cute little green-velvet number that my wife Betsy had bought for our 7-year-old to wear in the school concert. Up near the nape of her neck, there was a ragged hole big enough for a butterfly to sail through.
Teenagers can behave in strange ways that often mystify adults. For some parents their teen's moods or actions keep them up at night.
When the normal daily activities of the average school-aged child are factored together, they’re enough to make an adult scream “Uncle!” in defeat.
<a href="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-565" title="fruitheart" src="http://www.oregonfamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/fruitheart.jpg" alt="" width="156" height="156" /></a>This Valentine's Day, share the love with friends, family and neighbors by making these sweet treats or fun crafts. There are also lots of events happening in and around the Eugene area, giving you lots of choices for how to spend your day.
Well, here it is February, the month of Valentines, and time for the annual report on my daughters’ love-lives.
Oh the holiday gluttony! We sampled sugar cookies, drank gallons of eggnog, and enjoyed all kinds of edible treats over the course of the last month. Now our pants feel tight and we long to work off the holiday girth. Does our quest for fitness have to be littered with plastic bottles and energy bar wrappers? Is it possible to lose weight while saving money <em>and</em> the planet? Absolutely!