Idea Factor Blog

Work-at-Home Parenting in the New Reality

"Game Night" spelled out in wooden letter tiles. Surrounded by dice, cards, and other game pieces on a wooden background







With everything that is happening in the world, it is a challenge for working families to keep their kids busy and constructively alleviate their boredom during our changed reality.

With daycare centers, schools and camps closed for weeks to come or longer, I would like to humbly submit my thoughts in the hopes that it provides parents with young children some ideas to keep them occupied with simple household items you might have laying around. Read More

The Power of a Thank you

gratefulI received the most wonderful gift. It was a card.


The front of the card had one word : GRATEFUL


And the inside of the card was thanking me for being a mentor and a person to look to for comfort and advice. It was from my friend’s 25 year old daughter who I adore but really don’t see all that often.


She has just begun her teaching career and spent some time travelling. Last summer I managed to snag her for a day and took her to some of my favorite shopping/eating places.


We shopped, laughed, cried and told each other some terrific stories. I watched her grow up and make s’mores in my backyard, and now I am watching her make a difference in the world by offering them the gift of ‘learning’.


I can’t begin to tell you the power of that small card with the words THANK YOU inside. It really meant the world to me.

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Change is good

girl with cowboy hat






Sometimes you just have to admit to your mistakes!


I’m embarrassed to say that I have turned into my Old Auntie.

You know the one.

The one that you talked about behind her back.

About how she watched too much news on TV.

How she was becoming afraid of her own shadow.

How I would NEVER watch all the shows that she does because if I did I would NEVER leave my house.

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