Parenting Tip: 10 Ways to Make Up Great Child Stories for Your Kids

It’s fun to read child stories to your kids, but it’s even MORE fun to make up your own. You don’t need to be a creative genius to do so. All it takes is a little imagination and patience (with yourself). Follow these 10 suggestions, and you’ll find that making up entertaining child stories is as easy as talking with a good friend. 1. A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words Select a picture or series of pictures from a magazine, book, newspaper or wherever. Then describe what’s happening in the picture or pictures. 2. Truth is Stranger than Fiction Draw in events from your everyday life and then embellish them. For example, instead of “Jason played in the basketball game …

Lessons in Shooting Hoops

No matter where we look or what life throws our way, there is always a lesson to be learned, if we just take the time to look for it. On February 27, 2004 our family was fortunate enough to take a mini-vacation, courtesy of our 13-year-old son. The week before this big event, our son entered a local “Hoop Shooting” competition and won first place, four tickets to the University game, and a chance to win the regionals. So Saturday morning we packed our bags, booked a hotel, and headed down to Green Bay, Wisconsin to join many other aspiring basketball shooters for a chance to move forward to the state championships. My son anxiously watched teen after teen take …

How Much Do You Really Know About Teaching Your Child Safety?

There has been a huge amount of news recently involving child abductions, parental abductions, and child abuse. From Natalie Holloway in Aruba to Jessica Lundsford in Florida, parents have heard about children who have been kidnapped and murdered. Then there were the stories of parents who keep their children in cages or made them drink bleach to cleanse them of evil spirits. This is very scary stuff. The fact that we live in a world where people will hurt children, where even some parents have hurt their own children. We see profiled pictures of child sexual predators online, in the newspaper, and on television almost every week now it seems. What is a young parent, or any parent for that …

Alison’s Journey Home: An Adoption Story – Part 12

It’s taken me almost 48 hours to write this my adoption journal entry, as now that we’re home, I seem to have no time to get on the computer at all. Alison is doing very well, though I think she’s a bit confused about where we are now (I keep telling her, “we’re home!”). Our flight from Florida to L.A. was only delayed an hour (nothing after my Frankfurt experience), and using all my miles for a first class ticket for our final leg was a great decision. As it was December 20 and the beginning of the Christmas rush, the plane was packed, but luckily there were two empty seats in first class. The flight attendants moved one person …