Why do we read books (for my book lovers)? Here are some reasons I think we read: We want to understand ourselves and the world we live in through stories. Entertainment Escape from reality Experience another life or world Knowledge I learn something from every book I read. I recently read Everything Everything by Nicola … More What I learned from Everything Everything: Child Abuse & Independence
Road trips can be boring, but not when you have a hilarious, singing Korean mom and teenage son to take silly pictures. Here is a glimpse of our fun California road trip to visit UCLA, USC, and Cal State Long Beach. Meet Mama K and silly Kobi again. I’ll post about our college visits soon! … More Hilarious Korean Singing Mom and Silly Teen are All You Need for a Road Trip
Christmas should be a time of year full of inspiration, giving, and love. Everyone should be “holly jolly” just like Buddy. Hmm. It isn’t always this way…at least in my family. My family (4 kids + dad) starts by wanting to help hang lights, listen to Christmas music, and drink hot chocolate. Then, after just … More Christmas = inspiration, giving, and love…hmm not always?
My son, Kobi, was voted as “Class Clown” for his 8th grade class. (He is the one in the front!) He didn’t even attend this school for 6th or 7th grade. Should I be proud that he adjusted so well to a new school, which showed with this “win” or should I be wishing he … More My Teenager Voted Class Clown- Proud Mama?
I don’t know about you, but I think that is a scary statement! The National Safety Council indicates that from Memorial Day to Labor Day in 2012, nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers! Additionally, car accidents is the leading cause of death for teenagers, accounting for over one-third of all deaths … More Memorial Day is the Start of the 100 Deadliest Days for Teens on the Roads!
My nine-year-old daughter, Xayla, is one fast cookie. She plays club soccer with a bunch of boys, and she usually wins when they run sprints. She loves to come in first place. A few days ago a boy joined the team for a strength and conditioning practice. Now, my daughter has played soccer with this … More Teaching Children to Strive for Excellence
I received a text from my fourteen year old yesterday saying, “Bring $5 to my school.” How he is able to text at school? I’m not sure. Anyhow, I respond back, “Why?” “Because I want my yearbook, and I can’t get it until I pay the $5 fine in late fees to the library.” It … More Raising Responsible Teenagers
One of my sisters visited me several years ago, and I took her around to a fun filled day of soccer, football, lacrosse, and baseball games! As she was sipping her Starbucks coffee and we were at our third game of the day, she looked at me and said, “So your life really is over … More Life Is Over After Having Kids?
Being a parent is the hardest job and the greatest responsibility many people will ever have. With almost every decision I make, I think about how that decision will affect my kids. As parents we often feel guilty. Did I not spend enough time with my children today? Did I not read to them? Did … More Lead By Example
Do You Handle Adversity Like Smigel, Mary Poppins, Steve Urkel, or William Wallace? It’s inevitable that we are all going to go through tough times in life. We can’t choose our battles, but we can choose how we react to them. When adversity comes your way, do you act like Smigel and basically lose it? … More Smigel, Mary Poppins, Steve Urkel, or William Wallace?