13 Date Night Ideas That Won’t Break Your Budget

One of the common hindrances that occur in marriage is that after a while it can start to feel like you are more like roommates or business partners than lovers. You are balancing careers, kids, household duties, finances...it’s easy to forget that you are still a couple who need connection. That’s why date nights are super important….but they don’t have to break the bank or take a ton of time. It’s just important to spend some time together---time to have fun, communicate and reconnect. Nathan and I are fortunate to work together. So, once a week after a faculty meeting…Read More

10 Ways To Rock Being A Working Mom

One day, towards the end of last school year, I went to work with my shirt on inside out and two shoes ( both black flats, thank God) that were not of the same pair. God bless...no one cared to say a word until later in the day... at which point it was my husband who so kindly pointed it out.  As working moms, we are constantly juggling and more often than not, we end up with those “hot mess” days. Bouncing between your responsibilities, your career, your children and your husband is challenging and overwhelming.  These are some of…Read More

6 Strategies To Help Your Child Develop Empathy

I know we all love our children... but, let's face it.... kids are pretty selfish beings. They are the center of their universe and are born with the notion that everyone exists to serve, care for and entertain them. This is just human nature and its natural from infancy through toddlerhood. We actually want them to focus on their little selves those first few years as they learn how to navigate the world that is relatively new to them. That's a tough gig! This egocentrism doesn't tend to subside until around the age of 8, and even then compassion and…Read More

The TED Talk Every Parent Needs To Hear

If there is a TED Talk every parent needs to hear before sending their child back to school...this is it. Anyone that has worked around a school setting long enough no longer hears the word helicopter and thinks “Blackhawk" or "fun, little tourist activity."    The term "Helicopter Parent" has come to define a parenting style that educators struggle with every and students are at its detriment. Warning: I am not going to sugarcoat this. Helicopter parents are overly involved in their child's lives and struggle with letting their children make decisions, handle their own conflicts and ultimately develop those…Read More

Cheers To The Men Who Show Up

I just finished graduate school. And by, just… I really do mean…’just.’ About 8 hours ago, I submitted a painstaking paper that seemed to be all over with nothing more than a very anti-climactic tap of the ‘enter’ button leading to a successful submission. I would have posted this sooner, but I took a nap… And then had some family time... But, this wasn’t just graduate school. I am not a 23 year-old single gal who went right into a Master’s program after undergrad. And before reading on, I think it’s important that I recognize and commend those students. Graduate…Read More