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Resolutions and Neighborhoods

By Lois Ann Ell It’s January, the time of year when we make resolutions. Statistically, decisions like losing 10 pounds or journaling every day fail by March. But what if your resolution is not a restricting, unrealistic one, but an intention to open up to something new? What if it is without expectation, but pointed [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:06+00:00 January 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Unscripted: Adults Only

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." By Lois Ann Ell The invitation arrived on our doorstep. It was the first party of the holiday season. A colorful hand-written card; the details penned in curly letters: pupus, live music, 7 p.m. At the bottom, in less curly letters: Adults Only. [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:07+00:00 December 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Learning Curve

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." By Lois Ann Ell  I sat in my yard with scissors, surrounded by a sea of green foliage. Piles of ti leaf and laua’e fern were in heaps, where I was in hour two of cutting the leaves in half, then some in [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:10+00:00 November 6th, 2013|0 Comments

Unscripted — A Parenting Column

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." Game-Changing By Lois Ann Ell Last week my five year old twin daughters told me about a story they heard from their teacher at school. They explained in interrupted, eager fragments that there was this fairy—like Tinkerbelle—who was going to carry people across [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:10+00:00 October 30th, 2013|0 Comments

Loose Change

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." by Lois Ann Ell About a year ago our house was robbed. Here’s what was taken: a plastic jar full of loose change, known in our family as the Disneyland Fund. The amount would have probably funded a half a day’s ticket and [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:12+00:00 September 16th, 2013|0 Comments

Unscripted: Forced Family Fun

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." By Lois Ann Ell  There’s a creased, faded photo, buried somewhere in an album in my parent’s attic in their Lihue home. I am probably nine or ten, sitting on a bench beside a tennis court, with my arms crossed and my head [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:15+00:00 August 12th, 2013|0 Comments

Unscripted: Trusting Your Instinct

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." By Lois Ann Ell “Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.” –Brene Brown The day we decided to euthanize our family dog, the question of how to teach children about death should have come up. Perhaps a more prepared parent would have [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:17+00:00 June 15th, 2013|0 Comments

Marching in the Rain

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." by Lois Ann Ell The day began sunny and clear. Our morning mission would begin soon, and the plan was to head to the beach after. As we drove closer to Po’ipu though, it began to rain. Not passing sprinkles, but a consistent, [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:21+00:00 April 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

The Rules

By Lois Ann Ell “Rule: an authoritative principle set forth to guide behavior or action” –Encarta Dictionary Most rules we teach children are simple and universal, and they usually all fall into three categories: respect, manners and chores. It’s getting children to follow these rules that can be tiresome and repetitive, which is why I [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:21+00:00 March 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Housecleaning Confessional by Lois Ann Ell

Lois Ann Ell writes a monthly parenting column titled, "Unscripted." Scanning my backyard on a dewy, bright morning, a yard sale looks ready: Barbie dolls propped next to a tree, basketballs and bocce balls on the trampoline, a picnic table lined with spoons, bowls, sand shovels and an air pump, swimsuits and teddy [...]

By | 2016-11-10T05:42:25+00:00 February 6th, 2013|0 Comments