This morning I set out to write something inspiring for parents stuck at home during the quarantine. I'm positive that it would have been very profound and beautiful, too, if the ABC Mouse app my son was using hadn't abruptly stopped working as soon as I opened my laptop. Then my daughter, who only seconds… Continue reading For moms missing their work during the quarantine
Hi, friends. What a month, right? We have never lived through a time like this, and it's kind of rocking our world. How about you? When the coronavirus quarantine first began (for us, 4 weeks ago when my youngest's special needs preschool program closed), we were meeting it with great enthusiasm. It was cold outside,… Continue reading Reading the Bible in a year with kids: April reading plan
Okay, mama. Grab your glass of wine or cup of hot tea or, who knows, oat milk, and take a second to have a deep breath. Let's chat. School is going to be closed. For a long time. But we'll get through this. I know you're going crazy. I am too. Every single thing my… Continue reading Relax, mama. You’re going to survive the COVID-19 school closures.
I had a revelation this month. Reading the Bible in a year can be so challenging because Leviticus and February hit at the same time. Reading these lists of laws can be monotonous, especially in the dark days of winter. But I was convicted this week by a verse in Nehemiah: "So Ezra the priest brought the… Continue reading Reading the Bible in a year with your kids | March reading plan
Nine years ago, my husband and I jumped at the chance to buy a house we hated. It was ugly and stuck in the '70s. And not the good kind of 70s. It had bad shag carpet, damaged parquet floors, mustard-yellow formica, peeling siding and all. We did some upgrades, but no Chip-and-Joanna level renovation.… Continue reading The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?
I know I'm not the only parent wringing her hands about The Miseducation of the American Boy. After all the progress we've made, Peggy Orenstein's article exposed an underbelly of stubborn toxic masculinity that still pervades locker rooms, frat houses, and athletic teams. The TL;DR version is that while feminism has opened up multiple avenues… Continue reading How toxic masculinity is hurting our boys’ friendships and what we can do about it
Okay, deep breath. We made it through January. We missed a few days—weekends are the hardest, we've found—but we managed to catch back up. Here are some tips we've learned: Let your kids (and you, if necessary) read during the sermon at church to catch up on any missed days. Get them a Bible of… Continue reading Reading the Bible in a Year with your kids | February reading plan
I get the questions from other moms a lot. “So how tall were you when you were her age?” “How big are your feet now?” “What age did you stop growing?” They’re mothers of daughters who are growing up tall, and they’re scared. “She’s already FIVE TEN,” they tell me in hushed tones. I get… Continue reading A tall mom’s manifesto on how to raise tall girls
As I write this post, a BCBA therapist is chasing my squealing-with-delight daughter around the driveway on her riding toy during an ABA therapy session. It looks to our neighbors like I have the most involved babysitter ever, who also happens to have a curious habit of asking my daughter to stop playing and simply… Continue reading What to expect when your child starts ABA therapy for the first time
I thought I would be much older when I ordered my first box of Rogaine. Actually, I never really envisioned this moment for myself. But there it is, on my list of Amazon orders, right above diapers and below coffee filters. I have to say that of all the surprises of aging so far, including… Continue reading The Mom-dalorian: What the Mandalorian taught me about being a parent