An Interview

    I decided to do an interview for 'The Sowell 
    an Alabama bloggers' forum:
    1. What part of the state do you call home?

I live in Michigan now, but I did live in Huntsville from 6th grade through high school and then back to Michigan for college.

I2. How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in October of 2010.

3. Why did you start blogging?

The blog started as an extension of parenting ideas used in our workshops and book…How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths…and it has continued as a way to spread happiness and joy in the lives of adults and children.

4. What is your favorite part of being a member of the Alabama Women Bloggers community?

I guess that would be weird since I am a Michigan blogger, but blogging is international, isn’t it?!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Enjoying my life, helping others, being with family and friends.

6. If you could choose an actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?

Sandra Bullock…just because I like her as an actress and as a person (at least from what is assumed to be true about her).

7. Name 5 things on your Bucket List that you hope you’ll check off before you die?

1-seeing both my boys happy and married with wonderful families, 2-finding avenues to help others, 3-visit Tahiti or some other Polynesian island, 4-I could revisit Hawaii a million times and I’d never tire of it, 5-continue to find the good and positive in people and events…recognize the good in the universe.

8. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be and why?

Being a positive and encouraging person…bring a light to others

9. Describe the best moment in your life.

Being married to my college sweetheart and having my 2 sweetie-pies with him

10. If you could “be” anything (no consequences, no fear), what would you “be”?

a parenting expert giving workshops and talks

11. What or who inspires you to blog?

“A Spot of Whimsy” got me started for the beauty in her blogs and now I’m inspired to continue sharing positive messages to anyone who wants to see them.

12. We’re headed to your neck of the woods… what restaurant would you recommend?

In Alabama, Jim and Nick’s would be a favorite of mine too…always stopped there on our way from Michigan to Gulf Shores for spring break. In Michigan, Mr. Paul’s Chophouse is a wonderful steakhouse.

13. What’s a southern tradition you and your family have?

Instilling beautiful manners into children….I saw many great manners being used in the south.

14. If you could pick your favorite blog post from your blog this year, what would it be?

The post that I revisit each year is my Grief post….tells my story, in a nutshell.

15. We all love social media, tell us your links so we can visit. and a personal facebook page, Linked in and google+


Are there other questions you have for me? I’d be happy to share:)))

Here are my favorite people…family, friends, sweetie-pies!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #13

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.


Joyful Thursdays #13


Here are three things that bring me joy and make me happy:


1)  finding a pen that works for you from the amazing number that don’t…

only a couple of these work well for me...

I think I prefer the cheapest pens…no gel pens, and I like the skinnier ones. They just ‘fit’ better!

2) a lovely audience at the Rochester library for our workshop…thanks for joining us:)

3) a quote for you from Wisdom for Healing Cards by Caroline Myss:

“This is a day to practice the power of choice – choose the quality of mood you want.”


Happiness is all around you…go find it!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


…an excerpt :)))

In case you have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about our book….wink, wink!!….I thought I’d show you a tiny piece so you can see what it’s all about.


The following is from a section on the Myth called “No Means Yes”…just one small section in the first chapter. I hope you enjoy it…

” Get off that couch and get back into their lives. Your “couch” is anything that may be keeping you from paying attention to your child. Our world is so full of distractions keeping parents and teachers from truly connecting with the children in their lives: long hours at work, television in every room, iPods, and cell phones, to name just a few. It is even more important to make those personal connections in spite of the hustle and bustle of a modern, technology-driven world. Children need directed teaching from parents to show them what they should do instead of yelling “no” over and over again.


  • Diane: The advantage of using physical activity to engage your child will amaze you. When Chad and Scott were very young, I spent much of my time following them around with my eyes and then, if necessary, with my feet. When kids are little, their job is to explore and discover boundaries. I loved watching them learn: what an end table handle felt like, how the material on the couch was different from the material on the floor, what you could see out a window.

But, because I watched them a lot, I could often tell when they were     curious about something dangerous like a cord, an outlet, or a piece of a plant. When my voice started saying, “No, no, Honey,” my feet were already headed that direction to help divert their attention to something else. The actual physical activity of redirecting them helped in more than one way.

My interaction with them became a lifelong one, always being concerned and aware. Some would say over-protective, but I didn’t care. The idea of “No,” even when said in a calm, quiet voice became a serious idea, not to be debated.


We include stories (the part in blue) with each section of each chapter (the part in green). If you’d like to see more here on the blog…please comment!!  You can always go to Amazon to look for “How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths” or click on this link.

Have a beautiful day with your children…each day is a gift for you and for them!!

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Celebrate Good Times!

Today is the first anniversary of our blog!!! It’s amazing that we have come so far….from very little tech knowledge and no blogging awareness last year, to a wee bit more knowledge in the way of technology but way more aware of workings of the blogging world! This has definitely been a journey…scary , but productive! Thank you to all our wonderful followers…almost at 400 right now :)   And thank you to our friends on both our personal Facebook page and those of you who have ‘liked’ our new Childhood Myths page!!


Since last October we have done workshops for parents, attended a writers conference, and completed and published our book… How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths… first in hard copy and then in ebook format. Another little plug…it is available at and :)

having fun with parents!

We just completed our first book signing with nearly 100 lovely folks coming to see us…what fun that was. Thanks for sharing our excitement with us!!

our favorite book :)

Coming up:  4 workshops for teachers in the Warren Consolidated Schools and 2 parent workshops in Utica Community Schools.

If you are interested in speakers for parent or teacher groups, please email us at


We are ready to host Sassy Kids Home Parties also. Let us know if you’d like more information :)


We will announce a giveaway next week so be ready!!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share our ideas, hints, and happiness with all of you!!!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Just Have to Share:)

We just need to share our latest…and greatest…information with all of you (so you don’t feel left out of the loop)… :)


How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths

If you open the above link, you will head directly to our Amazon page where you can peek inside our book, check out the table of contents, order, review or like our book for parents and teachers. Plan ahead for Christmas or shower gifts :)


Have you ever been to a book signing? I haven’t!  -  but Chad and I are holding a Childhood Myths Open House and Book Signing at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI on October 17 from 7-9PM. If you live in the area we would love to see you there…just stop in and say hi!

bring your own copy or buy one there...isn't it pretty?

If you will check out our home page you will find out about workshops that we offer to any size parent or teacher group anywhere in the US and Canada. We would be happy to answer questions you might have on workshops or individual parenting questions through our email…

We love what we do…take advantage of us :) )


Happy Parenting!

D and C

GPS Drivers Can Go

As a follow-up to our last post….here is a little more about how to encourage successful writing in children. This particular tip is more for grades 3 or 4 and up. It’s called:

“GPS Drivers Can Go”

a reminder for kids...discuss actual letters with your children...

This is an acronym I used with my kids in school after seeing the kinds of results we received on state required tests and the pieces that seemed to be missing. We constantly talked about how important  content, details, and voice are in attracting attention from your audience. Kids, on these tests, have to write (in one session) on a theme, such as integrity, courage, or responsibility. They must focus on a time when they showed this trait. Most children forget everything they have learned in class about what parts to put in these writing pieces…either nerves or let’s just get done!!  So we developed “GPS Drivers Can Go” to help them remember what to add:


G  -  great lead…suck your audience in

P  -  paragraphs…show them

S  -  similes, metaphors, and other literary devices

D  -  details, details, details

C  -  Conversations with quotation marks

G  -  great closing…bring it all together


This acronym might help some writers remember to add certain pieces to improve their writing. They need to put the acronym on the paper somewhere and check the letters off only when they can show you where that piece is in their paper.


Just a thought for all you parents and teachers out there. Let me know what you think – is this helpful at all?


Happy Parenting!

D and C

San Francisco Writers Conference

Hi All,

Chad and I attended the San Francisco Writing4Change Conference last weekend.

Mom and son at Fisherman’s Wharf

We hoped to get some ideas on publishing our book, How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths.   It has tips for both parents and educators to help encourage the growth of their children into responsible, independent young adults. We traveled all day Friday and Monday and had sessions all day Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 until 6 including speakers during lunch. As we filled our heads with knowledge we gained new perspectives on how to go about this endeavor. Since we also have workshops for both parents and educators and Sassy Kids Home Parties for more individual behavior help, we now hope to build a market based on the needs of those parents and educators, and then try for an Ebook market and self-publishing. What do all of you bloggers think? Does anyone have any ideas for us?

We will adjust our blog to answer whatever questions you may have. Feel free to throw them at us, either by commenting below or through our email. Thanks for helping us grow in this new (for us) blogging community.

Next blog: San Francisco, past and present…a great place for families to vacation:)

Happy Parenting!
D and C