Article by Judy Mosley

 

I hear that in faraway places, some families sit down and … talk.

 

If there is a problem, they call a family meeting and discuss the issues that are pressing them.  Urban legends speak of each person using words and sentences that make sense.  And by the end of the meeting, everyone understands what they need to do and how they fit into the family.

 

Unfortunately, with three children all four years old and under, words are rather scarce in our household.

 

The children can say lots of things, but most of the time, we don’t have a clue as to what they are really trying to say.  We know that they get frustrated, just like we do.  And we get frustrated a lot!  So until they grow and mature, we have what we call “Grievance Sessions.”

 

These are our emergency meetings.  They normally happen on an as needed basis and these are the rules. Read More »

Posted on 25 August, 2009 in Making the Day Count, Motivation, Parenting
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church

 

Can we spend some time together? This is one way we say to one another, “you matter to me.”  When our response is “Yes” … we express our loving openness to connect.

 

Our connection may be over a drink at the corner coffee café, by texting or emailing, by sitting next to each other in worship, by yelling together at a football game, by walking the land, by starting school prayerfully thinking of each other, by shopping together, by visiting in the hospital, by having an office conversation, by imagining and praying for each other when separated by miles … really our connections can be through anything that we find meaningful.  In our 21st century world there are many quality ways for us to invest time with each other.

 

For love to be expressed through time, we must: Read More »

Posted on 22 August, 2009 in Gratitude, Helping Others, Parenting, Spirituality
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And How to Stay Sane in the Midst of It 

 

Article By Judy Mosley


Life can change at any moment. Sometimes you get a break.  You can know when something important is headed your way.  Other times, change can knock the wind out of you before you had a chance to get out of bed.

 

The biggest change that our family is working through is learning how to live with a new person in the house.  Our little Katie came into this world on July 22, with chocolate colored hair and big blue eyes.  We knew that bringing her home would transform the dynamics of each person in the family. We just didn’t know how much.

 

There’s more work, obviously.  A little less sleep for the grownups.  But … we’ve noticed that our (now) middle child has had more difficulty accepting this new change/new person that’s entered our world.  It’s made all of us rethink how we are going to make it through the day. Read More »

Posted on 4 August, 2009 in Finance & Family, Parenting
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Article By Judy Mosley

 

Thunderstorms always make me feel better.  That’s because of my mom.

 

As a younger child, when it would begin to rain my mom would usher me outside, blanket in hand, and sit down with me to watch the storm.  The lighting would grow brighter and the thunder would nearly burst our ears.  But what I remember most is that we were sitting together, bodies wrapped up in the blanket, talking about whatever.  I don’t remember a single word of our conversations, but the feeling is still warm, deep within my heart.

 

As a parent, even with memories like those I find it difficult to remember what it takes to reach into the heart of my child.  I have had to make myself remember what was important to me as a child … and remember that what I needed then is what my children need now. Read More »

Posted on 7 July, 2009 in Finance & Family, Parenting
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Walking Your Children Through the Information Age

 

Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley

 

“Mommy, why is the sun going down?”

“Mommy, why is it winter?”

“Mommy, why do we have to comb my hair?”

“Mommy, why do we poop?”

 

It’s begun. My son is three, nearly four, and along with his active imagination and excessive energy, is the desire to know everything about everything.

 

I have had to answer the questions above and, what feels like, millions more.  Most of the time, I don’t mind it, but there are moments when I just want the questions to stop.  But I realize how important it is that he gets valuable information from me.  I want him to know that if I don’t know something, we can find out the answers.  I want him to ask why and not feel bad for wanting to find out.

 

Still, there are some answers that he’s not ready for. Read More »

Posted on 18 March, 2009 in Making the Day Count, Parenting
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