I realized today that in three weeks I will have to stop reading the news like it's my job and get back to my actual life. Having studied journalism and politics (back in olden days, when I had nary a smart phone nor child), I am often glued to the screen watching the slow-motion, ongoing pile-up of tweets, accusations, and threats … Continue reading Christians: More than your vote
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!
Well, friends, we are land-locked once again after a fun week at the beach. With the kids ages 8, 6, and 4, we haven't quite reached the mom-can-relax-and-read-a-book years, but we are past the diapers and naps, which is still a pretty sweet spot. I consider this the "mid-range kid age." Sitting under the umbrella like the … Continue reading Beach with “mid-range” kids: Pros and Cons
My oldest daughter hates making mistakes. But fortunately (or unfortunately) for her, her mom is an expert at it. She gets lots of on-the-job training. One of my latest slip-ups: painting my sidewalk with permanent question marks. Question marks: intentional. Permanent paint: NOT intentional. Let's just say that the chalk paint I bought - mislead … Continue reading When the lesson sticks (literally)
We rented a ranch cabin for a few days of spring break. It sat on a remote cliff, more than a mile off a dirt road, overlooking the mid-Texas plains and foothills, surrounded by only sky and earth. Our plans were to escape the city and and spend a few days hiking miles of trails though the … Continue reading Storm and Shelter
Yep, that was my child tantruming. Again. Laid out, screaming. SCREAMING. Refusing to leave the doctor's office. It wasn't my baby or my toddler (both of whom I was also juggling as we tried to make a much less dramatic exit), but my dear oldest, who was about five years old at the time. The offense? … Continue reading Confronting resentment in parenting a strong-willed child
I have a child who is FIERCE. She is a warrior, a storm. Everything with her is intense, reactive, leading. She is literal, stubborn, serious; she was born ready for a fight and determined to go whichever way she wanted. I wasn't prepared for her. I don't think I could have been. She exhausts me. … Continue reading The in-between moments with a strong-willed child