The Oak Lane Summer Day Camp

Uncategorized Aug 30, 2021

     For the first time in decades, Healthy Family Solutions provided the Oak Lane Summer Day Camp to children ages 5 to 15 years. This service was a direct result of hearing the pleas of desperate parents eager to have their children off screens, out of the house and playing with friends. Parents expressed that their children were fearful and suffering with social anxiety due to being isolated at home for so long. As we all continue to ride the Covid wave a year and a half later, our children have missed out on important developmental milestones in their physical, social, and emotional health.

     To provide healthy solutions to these parents and children, I considered the idea of running a day camp experience. Immediate preparations were underway with social media posts created announcing dates, times and costs. Supplies were gathered and appropriate activities planned. We received an overwhelming response. Working parents wanted camp for...

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Refining Work

Uncategorized Apr 23, 2021

The other day, I experienced a parenting lesson on the refinement of character which I literally felt for myself and my young adult daughters while visiting them in Colorado and California. Even when children leave home and begin to establish their own lives, we are still their parents. They may or may not need our advice, instruction, or correction but we are still there for them. So, how do we parent our young adult children?

On making my rounds to visit my kids, we love catching up and sharing what is going on in our lives. While we visit, we ventured out to explore new sites in each state. This trip we explored the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in southern Colorado and Desert Hot Springs in southern California. Both states share some desert like characteristics while also being rich in diverse landscape surroundings. Colorado is considered a high desert because of the higher elevation of the land. Upon arrival to the sand dunes in CO, I thought I was in the Sahara Desert of...

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Mindsets Matter

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2021
 

What we think about really makes a difference in our overall health and life. We all have a choice about what we want to think about. No matter where we are or what circumstances we are in....We have the power to choose what we think about. What a powerful gift....The choice to think or change our thinking. I want to illustrate this by giving one scenario using two different mindsets. 

Mindset #1 It's late February - cold, deep snow blankets the ground making it hard to get around outside. We are still in the COVID Pandemic with over 500,000 Americans dead from the virus. Many have been homebound for almost a year now. Closeness with isolation has created anger, depression and  negativity that begins in our minds and quickly overtakes our behaviors.

Human nature is naturally negative. It's the easy route to take which requires no effort. Taking the time to be aware of what we are thinking takes more effort. Seeing the positive in a situation takes work and brain...

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No normal family

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2020

I love the Christmas story because it is about a helpless little baby born in a strange place far removed from anything that we might have considered important or of value. Yet, this baby is life and all the best that there is in the world. Think about your own life…… Think about your children…. What is most important to you? What do you value?  What do you value for your children?

Leading up to the Christmas story I want to share about that family: This story is about an old childless couple named Zack and Liz. Zack was a priest just doing his job at church when an angel appeared to him and said that he and his old wife Liz were gonna have a baby. The baby was going to be a special messenger. Not normal because Zach and Liz were old. Zach was shocked and frightened by the angel and just couldn’t believe he and Liz could have a baby so the angel took away his ability to speak. Zack went home and Liz did become pregnant. Not normal.

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Leadership coaching defined and benefits

Uncategorized Nov 11, 2020
 

In this video the focus is on 3 next steps

1. Let's talk about leadership

2. The method of change is through coaching

3. The benefits of the coaching process

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This COVID summer - I Paid It Forward

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2020

When I was a teenager, I loved to swim and sunbathe even though I did not have a pool. My backyard neighbors had a pool and they also had twin girls whom I would babysit when needed. During summers, I found myself at their house swimming quite often. As time went by, I became the "pool girl" for this family. Without asking or being told, I just began to clean and vacuum their pool each morning and swim and supervise the girls in the afternoon. It was a great gig. I wasn't paid but I could come when I wanted.

Fast forward 15 years later, I'm married with my first child. It's hot, it's summer and our house does not have air conditioning. What to do with a hot child on a summer day? Well, my backyard neighbors had a pool and they saw our need. They invited us to swim. That was a true relief and they shared their swimming pool with us for many years after that day. Once again, I enjoyed the generosity of my backyard neighbors and their pool.

Finally, the day came for my family to fix up...

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Balloon Volleyball Anyone?

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2020

                                               BALLOON VOLLEYBALL

A rigorous game of volleyball is probably the last thing you want in your living room...unless the "ball" happens to be a balloon.

You can easily turn any room into a safe volleyball court. Clear away a space, then tie a string between the backs of two chairs. You now have a playing field and a net. Blow up a balloon. You're ready for action. For more formal play, decorate the net with streamers, lengths of yarn, etc. While you're at it, spiff up the balloon with markers. Every good volleyball can use a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth.

Encourage your kids to develop their own rules; after all, this is no high-pressure tournament. Be inventive. A group of kids might get a special charge out of trying to keep a flotilla of balloons aloft!

This game, which should always be supervised by an adult, is...

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Outside is Calling

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2020

Outside is calling

Two weeks ago, we were advised to socially distance ourselves. Last week the governor told us to shelter in place. What is so amazing about this is that in the last two weeks, I have seen more people outside around my community than I have seen in a couple of decades. It makes me so happy to see people outside. I see children playing in their yards. I have never seen some of these kids before and they live in my neighborhood. Amazing!

Even though this bad thing of a harmful virus is making some people sick, restricting our work, and isolating us all, most of us are together with our families. That is a very good thing unless you hate your family. As good as this together time is, we can drive each other crazy. That is why it is so good to get outside. Outside is calling. Getting outside and being in nature is a really healthy activity. In fact, going outside every day is important for adults and children.  Studies show that the health benefits of being...

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Time and Attention ~ Keys to Family Strength

Uncategorized Feb 07, 2020

On my very first business card that I made for myself over 26 years ago was engraved “Time and Attention" – Keys to Family Strength.  For some reason, I thought those were true words important to highlight. Now twenty six years later, after working with countless families and raising my own two children, those words still ring loud and clear to me. So for now, I’m digging into this thought.

Time and Attention – Keys to Family Strength

What is Time and Attention? Well, we all get 24 hours of time each day. What we do with that time is up to us. Time is a gift from God. Like other gifts such as money or talents, we can have a lot of it or a little of it. We can spend it all, waste it or use it carefully and use it for the good of others.

When it comes to families, which I define as parents living together with their children, time is an important resource. Giving time to our children and our spouse is a big deal. Giving focused attention where we are fully...

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