Over time parents can learn good parenting skills and know just the right things to say and do to make Mom and Dad good parents. Here are some parenting skills which can be used with love, compassion, and understanding. Patience Each day a child can give us a multitude of challenges to our patience. Erratic … More 6 Great Parenting Skills
I wrote a more detailed version of this post about child labor in the early 1900’s in the following atricle: http://www.candidslice.com/lost-childhoods-mill-labor-in-the-early-1900s/ for Candid Slice, in honor of my grandmother, Nina Alexander, my mother’s mother. My grandmother, Nina Alexander, was born in 1901, 36 years after the Civil War. Nina spent her earliest years on her family … More My Grandmother’s Childhood Through First Marriage
Of my two grandmothers, my country grandmother was the one I knew the best. There was something about my mother’s mother which was charming and endearing. Her life had many hard times at the beginning, the middle and the end (which I will share in another post soon). But her last years were some of … More My Country Grandmother
My very unique and special Aunt Helen, my father’s sister, passed away recently at the age of 92. The way she lived her life and especially her senior years continue to influence my life as I continue into my senior years.. After Grandpapa died Grandmother and Aunt Helen enjoyed their lives. Much later Grandmother became … More Aunt Helen, Aging with Style and Panache
After my husband’s death ten years ago I was very proud of the sense of confidence I gained from how I could take care of most problems and decisions by myself. If something broke or needed fixing, I looked it up on the internet and when able to do so, fixed it. When something was … More What Dependence?
What is the cheapest, most contagious, most healthy activity for the body, mind and spirit that you can do that doesn’t even involve sweating and exercise? Laughter!! There are at least two basic kinds of laughter; the good, joyful kind shared by loved ones or just one person; and the other kind which is cruel, … More Healing, Bonding, Joyful Laughter
Music has been an integral part of my life as far back as I can remember. My mother played the piano often, once her four kids could stand or sit still long enough. I remember her playing very old songs from a bygone era; songs such as “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue,” which I sang … More Magnificent, Moving, Magical Music