What is socialization?

I take a look at my kids’ Facebook pages and wonder, “Why is the socialization question still being asked of homeschoolers?” My kids, all 30+, have a predictable group of social media friends: family members, work colleagues, and school friends. Yes, that’s right “school friends.” Not all of in this Read More ….

7 National Book Month Activities

Who remembers hiding under the blankets with a flashlight to keep reading a book after lights out? I certainly do. When my grandkiddos visit, I see a faint glow of an e-reader after bedtime has been declared, the 21st century version of flashlight and blanket. We bibliophiles are known for Read More ….

Coping: Self-Care

One of my first questions when our son was returning home after a suicide attempt was, “How do we ‘watch’’ him?” I didn’t get the answer I wanted: “You don’t.”

I was prepared to have a 24-hour watch, and do it all myself if I had to. That was neither possible nor practical. In the emotion of the moment, I wasn’t thinking; I was reacting. I didn’t, couldn’t, think about myself. Read More ….

Stages of Dealing: Transition

The day my son called and told me about his attempted suicide, followed by telling me that he had been diagnosed with a mental illness, I tried to maintain a “sunny attitude.” Part of the charade was so he wouldn’t get angry and hang up. And, part was due to not knowing what else to do. It was three days before I cried. Read More ….