Why Welcome Some Weeds into Your Garden of Life?

Weed Appreciation Day Holiday Have you ever had a child run up to you with a beaming smile on her face holding up a fistful of yellow dandelions? That child sees the beauty in the bright yellow color and is filled with wonderment and excitement in offering you this wonderful bunch of flowers, or are … Read more

In Honor of Joe – Understanding the Big Picture

Learning about Joe’s as Joey Learns about Aging and Disabilities There is a U.S. National holiday, called Joe Day, always on March 27.  Who would have known! I didn’t until a couple months ago, but once I found out, I was so excited! I could share with you one of my favorite book characters who … Read more

How To Boost A Child’s Self Image Through Metamorphosis

Constant Communication and Engagement to Monitor A Childs Mental State Metamorphosis is about transformation. This is a phenomenal part of nature to see literally unfold, watching a caterpillar transform into a delicate and beautiful butterfly. March 14 is National U.S. Learn About Butterflies Day so let’s talk butterflies and transformation. What may sound unrelated, teen  … Read more

The Conflicting Meanings of Humility

Is Being Humble a Virtue?  I am conflicted by the meaning of the word humble. My youngest daughter has always been a natural athlete. She played multiple sports in high school, including soccer, basketball, and several events in  track & field. In college, she played competitive soccer. Any form of skiing she has mastered from … Read more

Grow a Kind Child, Not a Bully

One of the best ways to grow a kind child, is to show acts of kindness. What a wonderful day to show acts of  kindness than on Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17. Let’s get to the basics. Just what are some words of kindness? Some of my favorite words of kindness include attentive, … Read more

Focus on the Heart in February

When I think of February, I would think of Valentine’s Day with bright reds, white lace, crafts,  fancy treats, friends, and warm memories. It’s a time where we intentionally, and intentional living is one of my goals this year, make time to reach out and share our love for one another. The month of February … Read more

National Seed Swap Day – Swap in the Good Seeds

Seymore and Serina Seed, from the Cultivating Compassion in Children’s series, are so happy to discover there is a day about them! Yes, January 30, the last Saturday of January, is National Seed Swap Day. What is Seed Swap Day, you may ask? More on that in a bit.  First, Seymour and Serina Seed would … Read more

May 5 – Show Compassion to Teachers

Love a Teacher

A day to acknowledge teachers is May 5. Teachers deserve special acknowledgement during this COVID-15 crisis time period. If they weren’t already doing enough, with normal day to day activities, preparing for parent-teacher conferences, getting ready for spring activities like track and field, end of year concerts, making cute gifts for Mother’s Day, etc, most … Read more

Mother’s Day – A time to acknowledge beauty in the old.

Can old be beautiful? Our society emphasizes youth and beauty, especially for woman. We may treat our hair to cover those grays, and use those creams to reduce the wrinkles. During this COVID-19 crisis, many of us are wearing hats and scarves since those gray hair lines are showing up as we have been unable … Read more

May Day Memories – Another Way to Show Compassion

I love May Day from memories of my childhood. May Day is of course, May 1. It was a time of year to welcome the return of spring and new life, after a Midwest winter. What was most exciting about May Day was, May Day baskets! I would make cone shaped baskets out of construction … Read more