Spirituality, Stand-Up Guys

How toxic masculinity is hurting our boys’ friendships and what we can do about it

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

How to read the Bible chronologically in a year...with your child | Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash
Faith

Reading the Bible in a Year with your kids | February reading plan

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

Motherhood

A tall mom’s manifesto on how to raise tall girls

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

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Special Needs Parenting

What to expect when your child starts ABA therapy for the first time

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

Motherhood

The Mom-dalorian: What the Mandalorian taught me about being a parent

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

How to read the Bible chronologically in a year...with your child | Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash
Faith

How to read the Bible chronologically in a year…with your kid

So, the thing is...I don't actually know how to read the Bible in a year with my kid. I've never done it before. But my 9 year old asked if we could try this year, so we're going to. And I thought I'd share my thoughts along the way. We also have a free Bible-in-a-year… Continue reading How to read the Bible chronologically in a year…with your kid

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Book reviews, Reviews, TV reviews

Everything that entertained us in 2019

Okay, maybe this is not everything that's entertained us this year. But let's be honest, nobody needs to see another baby Yoda meme, anyway.  Here are some of the shows, podcasts, and books we couldn't help but share.    I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philphott In this funny collection of essays,… Continue reading Everything that entertained us in 2019

Faith

What a disability theologian taught me about not feeling rushed

There's nothing as long as toddler afternoons. They stretch. They yawn. They mosey. They refuse to be rushed by my constant refreshing of my husband's location on the "Find your Friends" app on my iPhone. They force me to sit with my son as he carries out lengthy and highly repetitive conversations between his Hotwheels… Continue reading What a disability theologian taught me about not feeling rushed