Last night our church had a family game night. I was playing Farkle at a table with other ladies, two who are currently pregnant, one with her first child. Oh, the anticipation! The glittery eyes, the talk of baby things like car seats, strollers, carriers, sippy cups and swings. I loved joining in on the…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on PsychCentral. Spending time in nature boosts children’s academic achievement and healthy development in a variety of ways, according to a new analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. “It is time to take nature seriously as a resource for learning,” said lead author Dr….

Chasing Bubbles Go outside and blow bubbles! (If you’re super ambitious, make your own bubble solution—see recipe below.) Bubbles Recipe: 1 quart (4 cups) warm water 1/2 cup sugar or corn syrup 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid (Dawn is a great choice.) Combine the sugar and the warm water. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Add…

It was 12:30 in the morning and I was lying in bed, wide awake. I had managed to fall asleep for a few minutes but for some reason woke up. Sleep did not come, so I finally went downstairs, made a cup of tea, went into my home office and got to work. I knew…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on The News Wheel. It’s common knowledge that cellphones and driving don’t work well together, and taking your hands off the wheel to grab something isn’t a smart maneuver either. And according to a study, when these behaviors are done by teens, their risk for a…

As a culture-watcher, I sometimes like to “rewind” as a way to gain perspective on just how much and how fast youth culture has changed. The practice serves to wake me up at times when familiarity with what was once relatively unknown lulls us to sleep because it’s become all-too-common and widespread. That creates huge…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MedicalXpress. Considering a host of social pressures and stresses that adolescents experience, the addition of a relationship to the equation can have a negative impact, according to a study from BYU professor of family life Adam Rogers. His study followed 100 adolescent couples daily for…

A year ago, Ruth Marcus wrote in her article in the The Washington Post entitled “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right” … “That was not the child I wanted. That was not the choice I would have made. You can call me selfish, or worse, but I am in…

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This past week, a friend of mine shared a Facebook memory picture of her son. He passed two years ago due to complications of muscular dystrophy. He was in his early 30s but was thirteen years old the last time I saw him and my friend. We were living in Missouri at that time, and…