• Posted in:

    Show them how to be grateful

    At the end of November, two days after Thanksgiving, my oldest and first daughter, Edie, will turn three. And almost three, apparently, is the age when you become aware of your birthday and what it means, because for the past month or so, birthdays have been the big topic of conversations at our house. Her […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    What is gratitude?

    Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. I see this saying all over. But, knowing WHY gratitude is good is distinctly different from knowing WHAT gratitude is. And, probably the most important is HOW to be grateful. Here are 5 tricks I use to ensure I cultivate gratitude: Gather around the table For me, a kitchen table represents the […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    What is Giving Tuesday

    While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are some of the more widely known retail holidays, Giving Tuesday is becoming pretty popular in its own right. Celebrated on the Tuesday following American Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday helps raise awareness that charity is an important component of the holiday season. The nonprofit services company Neon says nearly one-third […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    Homestead dreaming in the Bakken

    I don’t remember when I started dreaming about a North Dakota homestead. I am a pretty logical gal so I knew that all the prior houses that we remodeled and sold while our kids were small were leading up to moving out of town. We realized that house number four was our ticket and the […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    Ten little words could change the world

    As soon as my southern drawl is detected, I am usually greeted with something like, “Aren’t you from the South? Southerners are so polite.” Folks from all over the world marvel at our use of “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir”. My imagination is not large enough to consider growing up and not saying “yes, ma’am”. […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    On politics and potty training

    Since this Ask A Dad column coincides with the birthday of my wife, Sweetest of Annettes (sorry, all other Annettes), I am asking her nicely to please ask me the monthly question. Take it away, sweetest of hearts! Q: Will you take out the garbage? It’s starting to stink. A: Done. That was certainly anti-climactic. […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    Taking the kids along?

    We took our first family trip this past weekend to Nashville. I call it a family trip because it was no vacation. Or as I have so affectionately answered when my family and friends asked, “How was your trip?” and I answer, “Awesome – in a ‘don’t touch that. Stay close to us. Get off […]

    Read more

  • Posted in:

    How to prevent sports injuries in young athletes

    Sports are a great tool to teach young people various lessons. Sports can instill a sense of teamwork and responsibility in youngsters while promoting a physically active lifestyle that can benefit kids into adulthood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 30 million children participate in youth sports in the United States […]

    Read more