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Important realizations of family life

Dr. Paul
Family sharing breakfast together.

When my daughters were little, I had two important realizations that changed the course of my parental life.

I realized that their childhood was going to fly by, like a flash of lightning in a summer sky. Before I knew it, they would be out of our nest. And, I recognized, that as a full time working parent, that my moments with them would be limited. Like most parents, I had to balance work, parenthood, household responsibilities—in other words, the laundry of life. How was I going to approach this time limited opportunity? Read more about Important realizations of family life


Meditations on mortality

Dr. Paul
Reflecting on life in the summer sun.

On a recent air trip, the plane lurched, suddenly lost attitude, and shook violently. Many passengers screamed. The pilot told anyone standing to drop to the floor. It was a terrifying moment for everyone, and one I have never experienced before, after almost a half century of air travel. Read more about Meditations on mortality

Keeping family life on track during the summer

Dr. Paul
Kids acting silly together.

Recently, a Mom asked me if it was important for her 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, to spend part of her summer vacation doing some sort of academic work. “She isn’t a strong student” she explained. “I’m concerned that if she gets out of the habit of doing school work she will have too hard a time making the transition back to school in the fall”.  Mom was already concerned about Sarah’s school performance next year. Read more about Keeping family life on track during the summer


Bring realistic expectations to summer vacation

Dr. Paul
Mother and daughter swimming on vacation.

School is out! It’s that time of year again. The birds are singing and the days are longer. It’s the season for family vacations!

Starting in May, I count the weeks till my vacation in August. My family treks to the seashore, to play in the sand. I fantasize about clams and salmon, the pounding surf, and long bicycle rides on winding roads. I see myself soaking up the sun, and letting the sea and sand repair my body, mind, and spirit. Anticipating this respite gives me a warm glow. Read more about Bring realistic expectations to summer vacation

Finding the light in the dark

Dr. Paul
Positivity reminders on napkin.

My good friend gently complained about the trials of living with his elderly, somewhat demented, mom. “She keeps asking me the same thing over and over again” he exclaimed, “Sometimes it just drives me crazy!”.

My oldest daughter, a new mom with a 4-month-old, grumbled about waking up to soothe her daughter 4 times a night in the last two days. She was so tired!

My wife, who is recovering from a rare condition that resulted in a moderate hearing loss, shared how terrible it can feel. Read more about Finding the light in the dark



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