“Can you see the love floating out of the bowl?” my husband asked our 12-year-old daughter as he brought her a steaming bowl of chicken soup.
“I’m kind of hungry. This is the best chicken soup ever,” she said as she propped herself up on our couch and took a sip of soup. She looked pale and kind of fragile wrapped in a fuzzy blanket.
Garden plot becomes classroom
Call it a garden variety win-win.
Start with a bunch of enthusiastic students from Madison Elementary and Holy Spirit Elementary schools in Fargo and a garden plot near Yunker Farm in north Fargo.
“Mom, it’s going to be ready soon!” my 12-year-old daughter noted as we peered into our backyard garden. We planted some leaf lettuce and mesclun, which is a mixture of tender, young lettuce varieties.
Psychologist William J. Doherty at the University of Minnesota has taken a hard look at the pressures facing parents in our affluent consumer culture, and the results aren’t pretty. In his book, “Take Back Your Kids,” he highlights examples of parents who are devoted, sensitive and caring but fail to set enough limits.
As I worked in our backyard flowerbed, I was engaging in battle with weeds and some perennials that had grown out of control. I grabbed a handful of vegetation and braced myself in a tug of war with the pesky plants.
In today’s time-pressured world of two-income families, how do families and couples manage to find time and energy for their relationships? How do you shift gears from an aggressive, high-powered work environment to the nurturing world of relationships and home?
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