The fear of motherhood and the magic of childhood

The fear of motherhood and the magic of childhood

One of my clearest childhood memories is a summer day when my best friend came over while both our moms were at work. We were sitting on the burnt orange shag carpet in our house, when the episode of ChiPs we were watching was interrupted by the sound of sirens wailing. We grabbed our sandwiches and [...]

Our 2020 printable summer read-aloud list is here!

Our 2020 printable summer read-aloud list is here!

We're excited to share our 2020 printable summer read-aloud list with you all! With pools closing or limiting attendance, camps cancelled, and so many other disappointments for our kids this summer, we're trying to look for the silver lining...and (ahem) some activities that will keep them busy during these long days. So, we've created this [...]

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

How to turn all this quantity time into quality time…without losing your mind in the process.

This post is based on a talk we gave to the Moms & More preschool moms group at Christ Presbyterian Church. Week 1 of the quarantine: we're rearranging our homes to start the new and exciting, if unexpected, process of homeschooling our kids. We're sitting by the fire and reading books. We created a sourdough [...]

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

Daily quarantine thought: De-sentimentalizing Motherhood

We're heading into Mother's Day season (although, it's going to be very different this year) and that has us thinking about how much we've sentimentalized motherhood. And it's not all that helpful. Caroline took a deep dive into the topic, which left me in tears after reading it. You can see her post, The Un-Sentimentality [...]

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

Daily quarantine thought: You don’t have to save the world. You just have to get through today.

This new way of living is hard. My body aches by the end of the day, and I wake up in the morning exhausted. We were already a homeschool family, so that hasn't changed for us. But my five-year-old with autism has lost all her therapeutic services that we rely on. Actually, that's not technically [...]

The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?

The ancient family way: Is ‘raising our kids to leave us’ actually a terrible idea?

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. [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]