August Editor’s Notes

August Editor’s Notes

I’m a big fan of mysteries. As a kid, I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books. And if you were to take a look at my DVR—the shows I’m recording—you’d see a common theme. I like to watch people try and figure things out—I get so caught up in “WhoDunIt?” And let’s be honest, I’m trying to solve the crime before they do. One of the things I’ve realized as an adult is that contentment can seem mysterious. All you have to do is turn on a reality TV show or catch up on the news to realize that... Read More
Gamify

Gamify

Do you know what word keeps popping up everywhere? Motivation. We know at a gut level that it matters and affects the outcome, but research really backs this up. And a lot of the research and discussion is revolving around, of all things, gaming! Now before you roll your eyes and check out, I’m not suggesting that all kids (and adults) should spend more of their time staring at a screen, holding a controller. But I do want to understand more about why that’s so addicting—what’s the draw? And... Read More
Seasons

Seasons

Ecclesiastes says that everything has a season (If the Byrd’s song is now running through your head, you are not alone). Solomon may have been talking about an overview of life circumstances, but as we shift into a brand new season of the year we may be able to take the metaphor a bit more literally. At my house, the entire rhythm of the house shifts for summer—work, school, time with friends, neighbors. They days get longer, and the weather invites you to be outside more. It’s time to start... Read More
Date Knight

Date Knight

Being the mom of boys, I’ve always been a little jealous of the Daddy/Daughter dances our local elementary schools put on each year. I have visions of these sweet girls in their frilly dresses creating heartwarming memories with their proud daddies. (I’m sure the reality doesn’t compare with my imagination, but I like the idea.) So, when a friend told me about the Chick-fil-A Mother/Son Date Knight, I was all over it. Chick-fil-A has a long reputation for supporting families, so I was curious... Read More
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