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How Grapes Can Make You a Better Parent

Have you been in a dry, hard patch in the past several months? Do you feel like a grape being crushed underneath stomping feet? And do those feet belong to your kiddos? Do you feel like you are dying on the vine? Well guess what? I just learned something on my recent trip to Napa…

Your Natural Way of Parenting May Not Work for Your Child

"Good parenting needs to be learned and practiced since much of parenting is counterintuitive. The natural thing to do is often the wrong thing to do so we need to learn new skills and practice them until they start to feel natural". Here are some examples: Too many reprimands Trying too hard to be a…

Is Your Marriage in a Deep Pit?

I recently spoke with a parent whose marriage is in a deep pit. I felt compelled to share my deep pit story and how prayers, soul searching, and a powerful, identity-revealing personality tool helped me crawl out.  At the 21-year point, my marriage had withstood many twists and turns. However, when my husband and I…

Quarantined Tips for the Temperaments

Quarantined Tips for the Temperaments We are living in unprecedented times! I am amazed every day as I read neighborhood chats and social media posts by the wide variety of reactions people are having to everything regarding COVID 19. "I am absolutely loving having my family around me, keeping them safe and providing for them."…

Restoring Faded Patio Cushions with the Kids

Now that my kids are 15 and 17, I can't exactly enroll them in vacation bible school or cooking camp like I used to! They work jobs, but they are usually home during the day and gone in the evening. This was a fun project we all enjoyed because we got an old patio set off…

Getting Your Teen Off the Couch and Off to Work This Summer

All year, my seventeen-year-old son Nathan juggled homework with band practice, film and music competitions, his part-time job at Chick Fil A and playing chauffeur for his younger sister. The first day of summer after he brought home that final report card with a 4.2 GPA, it wasn’t the right time to have the “what…

Are Screens Hurting Our Kids’ Vision?

Are Screens Making us Blind?   If you cross your eyes for too long, they will not get stuck that way and staring at screens will not make you blind, but it may have a very adverse effect. A recent study from the Journal of Experimental Eye Research showed that children under the age of…

Are Screens Hurting Your Child’s Eyes?

Are Screens Making us Blind?   If you cross your eyes for too long, they will not get stuck that way and staring at screens will not make you blind, but it may have a very adverse effect. A recent study from the Journal of Experimental Eye Research showed that children under the age of…

Why Kids Lie and How to Handle It

Why Kids Lie and How to Handle It. We’ve all experienced it. That moment when our innocent and obedient child looks us square in the eye and lies to us for the first time. I remember it well. I was snuggled next to my twelve-year-old daughter, Jordan, watching Frozen for the fifty seventh time. Suddenly,…

Volunteer With the Whole Family

Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities for Families this Summer by Wendy Gossett, MA,Ed. Although going to the swimming pool is fun, there are only so many days even the most amphibious kid can handle. When my kids were in the third and fourth grade, I decided to take a break from all the sunscreen slathering and introduce…

What Your Child’s Behavior is Saying 

There are five universal negative behaviors that all personality types can exhibit: disobedience, aggression, high sensitivity, inattentiveness or hyperactivity. It is easy to see bad behavior in our kids, but it’s not as easy to see is the motivation behind that behavior. We may think we know, but our perspective may be biased based on…

What is Your Fuel? ESFJ or ENFJ: Electric Powered Commuter Train

Dominant-ENFJ, ESFJ Secondary-INFJ, ISFJ (Judging) An electric commuter train is powered by the electrical current received through making contact with a power source. For Extraverted feelers or Harmonizers that power source is human interaction. Electric commuter trains are ideal for serving hundreds of people. All Fe types are propelled to help others, although SJ’s prefer helping in…

Parenting Lessons from “This is Us”

Parenting Lessons from "This is Us" based on each character’s Myer’s Briggs type, according to family temperament specialist, Wendy Gossett. Jack’s death in the Season Two finale of This is Us, brought many tears, but Milo Ventimiglia who plays the role encourages viewers that “there is still a lot of life left in Jack!” In…

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