- Making them learn to cook.
- Making them learn to clean. (Seriously. My daughter's freshman college roommate had never cleaned a bathroom in her life. My daughter was happy to show her how.)
- Not rushing to school with forgotten homework.
- Not rushing to school with forgotten lunch.
- Making them stick out piano lessons.
- Encouraging them to spend time with elderly relatives.
- Acts of service in church and community.
- Taking them to the symphony.
- Making them call doctor's offices to schedule their own appointments.
- Taking them out to really nice restaurants, with weird food, where they have to get dressed up and mind their manners.
- Introducing them to a lot of different music.
- Trying new food. (Even better, have them help you make new food!)
- Calling adults "Mr." and "Mrs." ("No one else does!" Yeah, I know...)
- Putting limits on screen time.
- Encouraging reading.
- Getting a library card and going to the library every week.
- Not keeping soda in the house.
- Doing crafts and exploring art, even if you're not very good at it.
- Learning a skill like knitting.
- Figuring out directions and map-reading.
- Taking family portraits.
- Knowing it's okay to get lost - both literally and figuratively.
Things your kids will whine about now, thank you for later
It is no surprise to anyone that the Catholic Church is still roiling in the clergy sex abuse scandal. And a scandal it is: I do not know ...
If you're a football fan, you know what an end run is. From Merriam-Webster: a football play in which the ballcarrier attempts to ru...
art by Sarah Taylor Ko When our family started visiting "our Sisters" once a month or so, I was assigned the job of cook. Whe...
I recently spent a week in the hospital. Two of those days, I was in the regular ol' hospital because my blood pressure was out of wha...