- 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
There is nothing that will make you feel more humble then going to a busy emergency department and getting a bed in the hall. It's to...
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...
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...
Being a human is ... messy. Our relationships with loved ones get strained, we get angry or upset, we say stuff we shouldn't .... We ...