All Blog Posts Tagged 'families' (82)

How (not) to Write a PhD and be a (not so) Amazing Mama.

How (not) To Write A PhD

 When I am feeling my most discouraged and whipped by this PhD I tend to start listing mentally, everything that has happened in my life over the past 2.5 years that have made it impossible for me to “properly” get this thing done. Pathetic, I know- but somehow I think it is kind of a common “poor, poor, pitiful me” thing to do. But, I got to thinking a few days ago that, funnily enough, when I am feeling particularly buoyed and optimistic about getting this…


Added by Shannon Holmes on April 5, 2016 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Let your faith be bigger than your fear

With the events of the past few days it is easy for us to become paralyzed with fear.  For many it brings back memories of September 11, 2001 and the horror our country faced that unforgettable day.  As my husband and I sat and watched the news on Friday evening it brought back so many fears and questions.  

As a parent, I wondered how to tell my children or…

Added by Jennifer Folz on November 16, 2015 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

How To Stop Tattling

I adore my children but having all 4 of them home all summer can get a little crazy!  Plus my husband working in real estate has a pretty hectic and inconsistent schedule.  So it's a lot of mommy versus the 4 little monkeys.  One things that really makes me want to climb the walls is the amount of tattling.  Yes, I know for children (siblings at that) under 7 years old this is very common but it doesn't make it any less…


Added by Kristi Blok on July 6, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Traditional families in the game of Life

Santa brought us the board game Life for Christmas. I hadn't played that game since I was a child, and I was genuinely surprised at the amount of changes to it: The careers are different, there are lots more action cards and it is much harder to go into debt.…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2015 at 6:47am — No Comments

What's your family look like?

I love my son's drawings. He creates rocket ships with lots of windows so the astronauts can see into space, city buses that also act as street sweepers, and recently, he started drawing castles.

But he rarely draws pictures of his family (probably because we are not as exciting as his other subjects). And…


Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2014 at 6:36am — No Comments

Dinner for one: Eating by yourself

I know several moms who have multiple children with active schedules. Those Moms spend their evenings and weekends chauffeuring their children to various sports activities, musical activities and dance lessons. I'm always amazed by that (think of the planning and coordination that takes), and I usually have one question for them: Where do you find the time for dinner?…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 15, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

My state gets a D; what about yours?

I work for a really great company. As mentioned before, I really love my coworkers, my work keeps me busy and I really appreciate the level of support and understanding that I receive on my team. We are able to work from home if we have a sick child or adjust…

Added by Lauren Markman on July 8, 2014 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

Life in large families

I have one child. That's it. Because I have one child, studies tell me that because he is the eldest (and the only), he will be very mature before his time, as he primarily interacts with my husband and myself. Recent research also indicates that if he were born female, he…


Added by Lauren Markman on May 21, 2014 at 6:40am — 5 Comments

I am drowning in lists

My son and I are at the grocery store and a family passes us. The family has this conversation:

"What do we need…

Added by Lauren Markman on April 9, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

Military Families Needed for a Study

Do you have a military family? The Defense Department’s Defense Health Program needs some help with a study they are doing on the effects of deployment on children at home. You can find details here.

Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

Uplifting Families Was Established to Help Other Families – What I Want People to Remember When They See Uplifting Families

Welcome to my page!  Thank you for stopping by Uplifting Families.  I wanted to take the time and thank all of those people that have made Uplifting Families successful.  Without your love and support, my blog wouldn’t be where it is today.  I started blogging in November of 2011, shortly after my youngest son was born, because I wanted to help other mother’s…


Added by Christy Garrett on August 13, 2013 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 12th, that is a week from this Sunday.  There are likely to be lots of articles to suggest ways to honor your mom or help your children honor their mom.  I would like to take a different approach and speak to moms directly.  Give yourself permission to pat yourself on the back and to take a break.  Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world.  This is a good time to remind moms (fathers too) that you have to fill your own bucket before…


Added by Stacy Hladek on May 3, 2013 at 4:40pm — No Comments

How to Handle Biting in Young Children (By Stacy Hladek)

I recently spent an afternoon with a good friend, who has a toddler.  While we were talking about parenting she told me her son has started biting his baby brother.  My friend said nothing she or her husband had tried is working.  Her son bit another child at childcare this week for the first time

Biting is a behavior that many toddlers display at one time or another.  It can be something that makes the adults feel frustrated and helpless.  There is hope! 

Whenever a child is…


Added by Stacy Hladek on April 18, 2013 at 1:56pm — 2 Comments

Kids and Technology (posted by Stacy Hladek)

Did you know that you could have a stranger in your home right at this moment that you are completely unaware is present?  If you or anyone in your home is communicating online or through texting with someone you do not know personally, then you are opening your home to a stranger.  Technology can be a wonderful tool, but it also can open our families, our children included, to new dangers.

A recent poll indicated that 90 percent of middle and high school student have…


Added by Stacy Hladek on April 1, 2013 at 6:09pm — No Comments

One Big Happy Family. (By Sarah Senst)

How do we achieve happiness as a family, especially when you consider varying personalities, interests and communication styles? Not to mention different genders and ages, two-adult homes and one-adult homes? I recently read an article based on a book by Bruce Feiler on this very topic. He introduces some interesting facts and concepts I think worthy of sharing. In our incredibly fast paced lives, full of stress and worry how do we find peace at home?

I think most people have heard…


Added by Stacy Hladek on March 4, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

An Attitude of Gratitude. (By Sarah Senst)

With many families still struggling and even those who are not, this is an appropriate time of year to teach an attitude of gratitude.  It may be easy for kids to focus on what they don’t have or won’t get, especially compared to those of their peers. Regardless of a families’ financial situation it is helpful  to use the holidays as a time to teach family values. Any gift, whether big or small, can come from the heart keeping the recipient in mind. So what values are important to you and…


Added by Stacy Hladek on December 7, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

10 Ways To Connect During The Busy Fall Season

Ideas for how to connect with your family while you are running from one place to another!

Leaves falling, soccer balls, pumpkins, football jerseys, sweatshirts, crisp air...all indicators of autumn in full swing.While parents are busy driving from activity to activity and kids are getting back into the rhythm of school, we often forget how to connect with each other in the midst of all the busy. Here are some ideas:

  1. Get involved! Instead of…

Added by Stacy York on September 27, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments

School readiness; are you, the parent ready? (By Sarah Senst)

At this point in September most of our children are settled back in school. How about the parents? It is common for kids to experience varying anxieties as school nears. It may be the first day jitters, middle-school transition or new peer pressures in high school. It is also common for parents to experience worries of their own. Today’s parents are faced with a number of school issues regarding their children. Parents may be concerned about the child’s readiness to start school, their…


Added by Stacy Hladek on September 12, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Dealing with tragedy. (By Sarah Senst)

We are in East Denver not 5 miles from the events of last night’s tragedy. Many, many people have and will be affected from this horrific night. All people experience trauma and hearing about trauma differently. Below are some suggestions for talking to your kids about what they hear on the news and from friends and how to address common fears and concerns:…


Added by Stacy Hladek on July 20, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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