All you have to do is make a conscious decision to slow down long enough -- not so easy this time of year, I admit -- to simply talk with your children about the grandparents they no longer have in their lives.
Like millions of other pet owners, I have bought my spoiled pet a special Christmas present. This year, 52% of pet owners plan to buy gifts for their pets. In spite of the economy, our beloved animals are living large.
The public have bought the idea that they are essentially a danger to their own kids and better pay money for advice; that they'd better try really hard to do a good job; and they'd still inevitably fail.
We shouldn't wait until Father's Day to ponder the impact our dads have on our lives, but time slips by, doesn't it? We don't always reserve much of it to appreciate the contributions our loved ones make.
When my kids face difficult challenges, I catch myself wondering if I've been good enough -- if, as a parent, I've given them the kind of guidance they need to navigate the ups and downs of their lives.