Sunday Post: Solid like a Rock

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is SOLID.


The dictionary defines solid in several ways: substantial, durable and strong…the Colorado Rockies fit that description perfectly!


The dictionary also defines solid as: faithful, constant and honest: a relationship between partners must have these components if it is to succeed.  My husband and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary next month!


Solid can also be defined as competent, conscientious and united…happy are the children whose parents are solid in this way.

If you are not feeling as if you are on solid ground when it comes to choosing activities that can help build self-esteem and develop stronger literacy skills, please take a look at my award-winning resource for parents and teachers… Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking


The book will be featured on Diane Hower’s local NBC affiliate morning show (Grand Junction, CO) at 6am to 7am Mountain Time on Tuesday, July 24th  and will be reviewed on her blog:

I hope everyone will tune in and I’ll try to post the show’s highlights on my blog next week.

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Are Children Putting a Strain on Your Marriage?

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A recent study of couples found that 90% were less happy with their marriage once they became parents.


Here are some of the possible reasons for the lack of satisfaction in these marriages.

  • Lack of sleep
  • Fragmented attention
  • Strained finances
  • Disagreement over how to raise the children
  • Any or all of the above

What can couples do to reverse this trend?

1.    Spend time together…just the two of you…to keep the romance alive.  It can be a walk in the park, a night out or just a quick lunch while the kids are in school.

2.    Spend time alone…to remember who you are…you are not just a mom or dad or husband or wife.  Go for a solitary walk, take a relaxing bubble bath when no one else is home or sign up for an adult education class that meets once a week.

3.    Spend time touching each other…and I’m not talking about sexual foreplay…as enjoyable as that may be. 🙂  It is so important to reach out and express your love by holding hands, remembering to give a loving caress on head or cheek as you pass by and making eye contact…your eyes are the windows of your soul.

Paying attention to these three things will go a long way towards keeping the flame alive and the relationship fresh.

There will be an added benefit as well…children tend to model themselves after their parents.  Parents who are loving and respectful of each other are great role models for their children. 

Is the question of how to fill all those summer hours of children home and nothing to do also putting a strain on you?  Head over to my website and purchase a copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking, NOW ON SALE FOR 50% OFF THE COVER PRICE.  Filled with 100’s of simple inexpensive craft projects, cooking activities and picture book story suggestions and summaries, this award-winning book for parents and teachers does all the planning for you and will keep you and your kids busy and happy all summer long and beyond!

Quotable Timeless Tuesdays: COMPANIONSHIP

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“Tell me thy company and I will tell thee what thou art.”Miguel de Cervantes (whose famous book…that every student taking 4th year Spanish has to read…details the travels of an old man with his faithful companion)

As infants, our companions were our mothers and fathers and older siblings.

“Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals, walking around lonely.”Benjamin Franklin

As children, our world expanded to include friends, classmates, teachers and relatives.

“We have lived and loved together.

Through many changing years,

We have shared each other’s gladness,

And wept each other’s tears.” – Charles Jefferys

As adults, we often choose someone to be our life-long companion.

“To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.”Mark Twain

But whether it is a long-standing marriage or a friendship between children, it is the companionship that is the foundation of the relationship.

“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.”Joanne Woodward

My husband and I have been married over 43 years, and I can tell you that a sense of humor is so important in a marriage or in any relationship between two people, be they husband and wife or parent and child.

“The first duty of love is to listen.”Paul Tillich

Listening is one of the cornerstones in the Positive Parental Participation approach to parenting.  Young children have a lot to say and they need to be heard.  When we listen, we validate their self-worth and help build their self-esteem.

To find 99 more gentle parenting tips like the one above, visit my website and check out my parenting book on sale till April 9th.  This shortcut for busy parents lays out a simple, easy-to-use program of books to read and fun-filled educational activities.  This is a MUST HAVE book…and the 50% off sale makes it a CAN HAVE book!  SPECIAL BONUS: Purchase a book for an automatic entry to win a selection of craft supplies for your preschooler or you can leave a comment on this post to tell me why you’d like to win the prize…please make sure you leave your email so I can contact you if you are the winner.  Winner will be announced April 10th.

Please stop by tomorrow for What’s In Your Child’s Bookcase Wordy Wednesday.