Tag Archives: Building Character

Reality: Escape It or Embrace It

Our household frequently encounters the notions of expectations, reality, and contentment with circumstances. When my kids complain about boredom, excessive chores, exorbitant school work, and insufficient play time, I feel tempted to lecture them about their lack of gratitude, remind them how blessed they are, and instruct them how they ought to rise above minor […]

T.H.I.N.K. Before You Speak

Spending a large quantity of time together as a family is a wonderful thing.  We love the chance to develop relationships and make memories together. Conversely, we have a lot of time to get on each others’ nerves too!  And say hurtful things to each other.  In all of this, there are learning opportunities and […]

Free Trade Agreements

We have been wrestling with a long-running trade imbalance in our household. The difficulty arises from the diversity of actors participating in the economic exchange, including a sophisticated child who exercises a strong sense of noblesse oblige, a canny child with a knack for bargains, an impetuous child who is a sucker for a good-sounding […]