Strong-willed children and thatched roofs: A word for weary parents

I told my husband he could name our son. (Of course, I retained veto power. I don't play that fast and loose.). But since I had basically, pregnancy-empowered, declared by decree the name of our second child, it was technically his turn when our third came along. "William," he said. "Will." "Okay," I said as I thought … Continue reading Strong-willed children and thatched roofs: A word for weary parents

Oh, Bella!

Here's a quick read for you: Chapter 1, late May: Kids want a dog. Parents say "Nope!" Parents hear about stray dog in neighborhood. Parents say "Awww." Family meets dog. Kids say "Pleaseeeee?!" Parents say "Oh....OK."  Chapter 2, mid-June: Family and dog are happy. Family goes on vacation. Dog stays with friend. Chapter 3, end of June: Family … Continue reading Oh, Bella!