‘Tis the Season to Model Gratitude for Your Teen

Holiday displays are up, Black Friday pre-sales have begun, and I’ve already heard my first Christmas carol on the radio. ‘Tis the season! But before we jump into the chaos, I’d like to take a moment to remember Thanksgiving—the holiday that originated out of the spirit of gratitude. Let’s talk about gratitude and what it can mean to our nearly

College: Then & Now

Our daughter is a senior in high school, so we’re swimming in a sea of admissions brochures and ACTs. Of 529s and budgeting spreadsheets. Of unpredictable emotions and fear of the unknown—ours and hers. And yes, of college visits. It’s overwhelming, a little like buying a car. We’re kicking tires at campuses around the country, trying to help her narrow

Cruisin’ the Midwest

Life’s been a bit of a whirlwind here since Out to Sea set sail. During the past two weeks, I’ve had the privilege of spending time in Des Moines, Brainerd, Fargo, Grand Forks and St. Cloud for book events, speaking engagements and marketing. It’s still a little surreal. And very exciting. I’m not the best at posting my activities and

2016 Uninhibited — A Year to Fly!

My friend Frankie got a new toy from Santa this year. A pogo stick. Now this is not just any pogo stick. It’s the Lamborghini of pogo sticks. Forget bouncing around the driveway. This thing flies! Literally. Instead of traditional springs, this one is pumped up with air and can bounce 8-10 feet high. The company website shows videos of folks