As parents, we often wonder if we are raising our children the “best” way. I know many a mom that feels like she is failing just because she is not perfect. Luckily, kids are pretty forgiving, and our imperfect moments can be overshadowed by happy memories. To help parents create more positive memories, I […]
Recently we visited the Texas coast with some friends. Hello sunshine and sand! We had so much fun, and I feel confident that future trips will be successful as well. Here are some lessons I learned about taking toddlers to the beach. 1. Take lots of sand toys! Our kids loved to dig […]
“You must have a wonderful husband.” “Yes I do.” Yesterday I finally broke the news about my pregnancy to one of my co-workers. We were discussing plans for summer activities with the youth we serve, and it finally seemed like the right time to bring it up. After offering a happy congratulations, her first […]
While I was imagining upcoming festivities for our new baby, I started thinking back to my previous baby showers, and all the fun games we played. Luckily, I had wonderful friends who made those occasions sweet and special. Below are some of my favorite baby shower games: “Pillow Pregnant” Twister “Baby Preparedness Relay” This one […]
My son is a picky eater. But he loves veggies! I think it’s because of our vegetable garden. Our kids enjoy watching the plants grow and then eating veggies right from the bush. Hence this picture: and this picture I realized I don’t have pictures of our daughter attacking the broccoli plants. But between the […]
Deciding it’s time to speak with a professional counselor can be difficult. You’ve realized you need help, but who do you call? Do you talk to friends and family about a referral, or do you keep your therapy discreet? Do you simply pick a name out of the phone book? Or ask a […]
Sometimes we need to talk to our spouse about problems. We all recognize the dreaded phrase. . . “We need to talk.” If your discussions seem to become a growing snowball of defensiveness, anger, insults, and tears, then keep reading for tips on how to successfully problem-solve in your couple conversations. Unfortunately, many conversations follow […]
Reading to your babies is important. You are teaching communication skills, showing proper enunciation, and simply having cuddly bonding time. When babies are too little for cardboard books or paperback books, give these Indestructibles a try. These are cool baby books! A few months ago I saw an Indestructibles book at a friend’s house. Since […]
My 2yr old has always loved books. Even before he could walk, he’d crawl over to his bookcase and look at the picture books. (Luckily, he inherited tons of picture books from older cousins.) Now that Simon is talking, he wants to “read” to us. He has a great memory, so he learns a […]
Can one person change the world? History would say yes, sometimes. Nickelback’s “If Everyone Cared” music video is inspirational that way: So, here’s my big idea: For years, my husband and I have recognized how harsh people can be over online comment boards, Twitter, and Facebook. People write things online they would never say […]
Hello! I'm Nicci
I'm a counselor, a wife, and a mom. I hope to inspire others to live a joyful life by embracing the chaos, fun, and beauty in life. Follow along for tips on joyful living, mingled with counseling advice and happy tidbits.
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