Here we are, middle of September. The back to school lunch bags are on clearance at Target and replaced with scary insanity like this: Within seconds of school starting my kids came home asking, “When’s Halloween??” And while I don’t mind the curiosity, I just wanted to get through the first week of packing a… Continue reading My Top Five Halloween Costume Ideas (that require very little prep work)
I’ve been a parent now for approximately 6 and 1/2 years. If I worked in an industry or sat down at a desk anywhere for 6 and 1/2 years, I would be considered a veteran – a loyalist – perhaps even an expert in my particular position. Yet with parenting, it feels like I start… Continue reading 3 Magical Tips That Reduce the Friction (and Complaining) In Our Home
I’d like to start this post by speaking directly to those who had a nice, casual morning. Yes, you. Whoever you are, I have one question for you that I hope you can take seriously: Can I come live with you? Our morning started with the typical muffled stomps of four year olds walking around… Continue reading If Our Bodies Had ‘Battery Life Left’ Notifications
. . . through every sequence of events leading up to Christ’s birth, if I were Mary, I woulda been like, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING.
I mean this, of course, in the nicest way. And of course, I presume that those who love summer and all that it offers have a well-balanced aging of children, likely only one three year old boy. Or fewer kids with strong personalities. I also assume those who love summer are mild-mannered in nature, have… Continue reading So Long, Sweet Summer. Now, Go.
The days can become ordinary and bland when we lose sight of the importance and value in each one. We can easily start throwing some sardines into the oatmeal when we let bitterness linger. We can toss some soured milk into the bowl when we start comparing our lives to someone else’s only.
Well, confession. Toddlers are not my jam. Newborns, nursing infants, high-chair-bound babies, early toddlers who I can dress with no resistance, and preschoolers in school – these are my favorite kind of kids. And by favorite, of course I mean, the most manageable. Interaction that demands my attention and strategy is not my jam. Give… Continue reading To Shepherd or Shout: My quest toward good parenting grows more complex