First of all I would like to say I have really enjoyed your news letters. You always seem to make things clearer and your advise never seems impossible or unrealistic. We don’t have an exact family night in our house hold, but we do make sure we have fun with our kids. I have a 7 year old who lives with me full time and my boyfriend has a 5 year old we get every other week. The boys love to play UNO, so we play with them at least a couple of times a week. I think this time really helps to bring us together as a family.
I would also like to comment on your letter about children and lying. I also have an 11 year old son who lives with his father in Texas(we live in Washington). I don’t get to see him as often as I would like, but we do keep in touch by phone (although his father thinks we only need to talk when Geoff is in trouble). Last time I got to talk to him was right before you sent out the news letter on lying. I so wished I had my ex-husbands e-mail address to forward it on to him. Geoff had explained to me he had gotten in trouble for lying about a pop tart wrapper. His father found it in his room and Geoff said he could not remember where he had gotten it from. The next morning Geoff went to him and told his father he remembered he had gotten it from his friend across the street. Geoff’s punishment was that they took everything out of his room and he has to earn it back. My ex-husband seems to think our son is a liar. After reading your letter it made sense on why a child is so quick to lie at first about something. Honestly I don’t know if your letter would have helped my ex to understand it since he already knows everything and is always right, but it has helped me in how I ask the other children in my life questions.
Thank you for your letters and I always enjoy looking for them coming through.