“I put some brownies in your refrigerator,” my very nice new friend kindly informed me. We were standing in my entry-way. “You did?” I smiled. “I can’t stay for lunch,” she continued, “but I wanted to bring something for dessert for those who can. Thanks so much for inviting us.” I was touched by her gesture. We have a group that meets at my house on Tuesdays for a Bible study. This particular day, I thought the lesson was a bit long, so I emailed everyone to stay for lunch if they wanted. A sandwich lunch. Nothing extravagant. But as she told me about her kind gesture, I couldn’t stop my mind from racing through our refrigerator shelves. “Oh my word,” I thought, still smiling as if I didn’t have a care in the world. Did she see the lettuce from last week – still have wrapped in dish towels. I had put the extra
I recently had lunch with my sweet friend Millye who has tons of wisdom to offer along this road of parenting. She has led a ministry at our church for several years and is trying her hand at writing. I asked if she had anything she would like to share with us … mostly because I want to know what’s on her mind … and also because I thought we would all enjoy time together. So here’s a little something from Millye. I hope her words put some fuel in your tank today. Thanks Millye (pictured below with her sweet daughter Sallye who is now in college)… and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay I recently spoke about JOY at the NEST. One topic that had to be included was distractions, a huge JOY Robber. On any given day, anywhere I go, I observe missed opportunities as parents drag kids through stores, walk them to school,
One thing I’ve noticed with my kids is how quickly they take “no” for an answer or even assume they can’t ask. I mean, someone could look at them with a quizzical response to a question and, more often than not, they’re running the other way saying something like, “It’s closed” or “Can’t do it,” or “I told you it would be no.” I find it so interesting. It must have something to do with aversion to failure. Or maybe it’s just regular kid don’t-want-out-of-the-comfort-zone. Could it the new normal of choosing flight over fight? Thinking that very few things are worth scraping and clawing to get to the other side. The other day I drove to Plano with one of my kids riding shotgun by my side. We absolutely love the Great Harvest Bread Company. When one near our house closed a few years ago, I went into mourning. So,
Last night I had the wonderful pleasure of speaking at St. Luke’s Episcopal School in San Antonio. I loved getting to meet the terrific families and enjoyed the great conversation that ensued on the topic of taming youth entitlement; but, one of the sweetest pleasures was getting to know Tom McLaughlin, St. Luke’s Head of School. His passion on eradicating entitlement and, more importantly, raising up leaders fills every hall and classroom in that school. I asked him if I could share with you something he wrote to encourage the parents and families in his school. I hope you are inspired like me. Thanks, Tom …. and thanks for walking the road with me. -Kay TOP TEN LIST …. for helping your tween/teen become AUTONOMOUS & RESILIENT 1) Encourage your son/daughter to make close friends and acquaintances at school.