Giving a Helping Hand

Are you feeling like you are doing more than your fair share of work in the home and you are pleading for a break? Been there, done that! Everyone else is slothing-out practicing their part [...]

It’s Okay to Fail

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” -Winston Churchill We live in a country that appears to have immortalized the phrase, “No failure, at all costs.” We feel bad if [...]

Wearing Yourself Ragged

Have you ever wondered why you’re so exhausted all the time? Your sleep index has sunk to an all-time low! Your head’s just about to explode or drag on the ground. Your family ‘taxi’ undergoes [...]

When Will It Ever End?

I was the youngest of three boys, all born within 33 months! Do you think we ever had any sibling rivalry? Oh, yes! Three young boys with all that pent-up energy! We hit. We wrestled. [...]

Why Stop Celebrating?

Wow! These last two weeks have been so busy, haven’t they? Many of you will be glad all the hard work is over. Buying gifts, preparing special meals, entertaining relatives, and getting your schedules back [...]

Forever Fun in the Family

I absolutely love creating positive memories for others. Throughout my life I have had so much fun. I cannot remember having uproarious fun in our family life when I was growing up. We were poor, [...]

But They Are Really Nice People

Who really knows what goes on behind closed doors? There are families that create an ‘inside the home persona’ and another for outside of the home. Children are told that what happens inside the home [...]

When Kids Steal

Do you remember the first time you stole something? Am I hearing from some of you that you have never stolen anything in your life? How about time? How about someone’s right to justice? How [...]

When Kids Use Violence

Have you ever wondered where the violent outburst came from when your child displayed it without provocation, or so it seemed? Our son was usually so placid until ‘out of the blue’ came this growling [...]


By Brian Burgess, School Counselor, PPE On Tuesday night I spoke about bullying following a request from our PTO leadership. There were a good number of parents in attendance, but they only represented about one [...]

Redeeming Time

In our super-busy lives we have often imposed upon ourselves, we want to take every opportunity to catch up with work-related matters and keep up with social media. After all, we’re redeeming time and not [...]

When Kids Tell Lies

What a shock it is for most parents when they find their child is lying to them! When you finally come back to earth in a molten heap whimpering, “My child lied to me!” you [...]

Kindness Never Fails

Time and time again school counselors have to deal with students’ inability to relate to others. “Julia has been really mean. She keeps making fun of me, calling me names and getting others to laugh [...]

Parenting Tip #15

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPENDING QUALITY AND QUANTITY TIME WITH YOUR KIDS For many years the trend was all about spending a good quantity of time with your children. Then a couple of decades ago it [...]