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Coddling Your Kids?

"Coddled Kids Crumble" was the title of the article that caught my eye a few days ago on Facebook.  Being the mom of ten, coddling kids has never been an issue with me.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Consequently, I confess I have had a touch of mom guilt here and there over the years.  Maybe I was requiring too much of them? 

But no more.  As the title implies, coddling kids is the equivalent of crippling them, and after ten years of this faulty philosophy which has robbed a whole generation of problem solving skills, college kids are limping to their school counselors over the most trivial issues.

Raising Money Wise Kids

If you don't take the time to teach your kids about money they will be living in your basement, says Dave Ramsey.

I recently interviewed Dave's daughter, Rachel Cruze, on what parents can do to raise money wise kids.   The article appeared in Memphis Parent and again (with sources relevant to Virginians) in Richmond Family. 

A Summer of Passages

I hope you have noticed that I have been MIA this summer.  It has been a summer of passages, and I have been trying to wrap my mind (and heart) around it.  I have attempte to blog about each separate summer passage, but words escaped me (this is a rare occurrence).  Today, on this official last day of summer, I will take one more stab at wrapping it all into one blog.

Not long after school dismissed, my kids began visiting their oldest brother, Tiger, (who gets the Oldest Brother Award).

Scholarship for Branson Fans

Just a quick head's up today: is offering a $1000 essay scholarship for fans of Branson shows.  Give it a try!

Visit for details. 

New York State of Mind

I have always wanted to be a travel writer.  Doesn't everybody?  

I remember years ago when I attended a writer's conference with a wonderful friend and editor. 
A Chamber of Commerce rep was showing us around the city--and by that I mean lunch, coffee and tickets to a MLB game. Curious,  I leaned over to her at some point and asked, "Exactly what kind of people do you try to connect with in your job?"  

"Writers like yourself," she said. 

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