Raising Good Men

"What is it that I can do, or not do, as a mother, to enable a path to manhood and ensure that it is realized for our boys?"...more

I know adulting is hard, but most of us are able to raise kids AND enjoy life. Crazy. I know.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.There was a woman who gave birth to children.And she raised them, had her own identity and her own life, and lived a very happy life with very happy kids.Shocking. I know.Goodness gracious, it’s like that woman never existed according to some of the headlines these days!             “Something you’ll never need again: nice clothes. Because, let’s face it, you will never go out again.-Some Parenting Blog”...more

Santa Claus

When you think of Santa Claus, what comes first to mind? A jolly elf who spreads good cheer around the world or a sneaky home invader who spies on children? For me, it is a combination of both. I’m torn on this iconic character. Like religion and politics, the topic of Santa can be divisive among people, especially young parents. He is sacred and almost holy. Don’t dare talk ill of him. You are committing the ultimate sin against humanity and childhood. Santa is magic. Santa is innocence....more

Thoughtful Thursday Week 45 - Ten More Years

As we were sharing cupcakes with my son's friends in Adventurers, the program director said, "Mom, he is eight now. You have 10 more years with him..." I sighed and agreed with her. Ten more years. That's it. I have taken care of him for eight years. I am staring down a not-so-long corridor of 10 more years. It really does not seem that long anymore, getting him to 18....more

5 Things I Would Tell the First-Time-Mom Version of Me

Whether it’s your first or your third, having a baby is life changing in ways you never seem to imagine. I was so blissfully unaware before the birth of my first child 12 years ago. I made so many mistakes, had so many errors in judgment, and really just missed out on so much when he was a baby. ...more
Amen to wearing your maternity leggings postpartum!!!more

I've Been A Mom For 8 Years

Eight years ago, a tiny baby boy introduced me to the maternal instinct by arriving into the world and screaming at the top of his lungs day and night. It was a rude introduction to all things maternal and it did not help that most people around me kept giving me advice and criticizing my choices directly or indirectly. Thankfully, my husband and I constitute a great team and, with God's help, we made it through the first year just fine....more

The True Meaning of 'Important'

The day was coming to an end, and there were still plenty of important things yet to be done: emails to send, dinner ingredients to prep, and a toy-littered house that had been neglected for way too long. And then, the minute I finally set the baby down to play on the floor so I can be productive, it happened.My 3 year old tugged on my hand, one of her favorite books in her little outstretched arms and her face beaming with excitement....more

Kids Can Be Jerks (and Other Things New Parents Should Admit)

Ah, the joys of parenthood. "Cherish every moment," you hear. "It goes so fast!" Yeah, well, when entering the active labor stage was your last relaxing evening at home, I assure you -- not fast enough. ...more
pinesandpalmettos Congrats on your pregnancy! Yes, I have made it my life's mission to out ...more