5 Tips for Healthier, Happier Kids

I'm most definitely not an expert, and I will never claim to be… but right now, I'm just your friend. Sitting across a cafe table, a couple of steaming cups of our favorite drinks between us like they belong there as the woodgrain of the table top weaves it's way around the base of our mugs. We're sharing stories, exchanging knowing nods and smiles because we've all been there… we still are. We're in the throes of this parenting thing. In the trenches of diapers, picky eaters, potty training. and homework (sometimes, lots and lots of homework)....more

It Take a Village

I whole heartedly believe in the proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child". ...more

25 Things Every Mom Should Realize

Inspired by a post on Wall Street Insanity titled 50 Things Every Man Should Realize, I’ve found myself thinking about absolutes every woman—and especially moms—should realize. Having a child is a wonderful life path to choose, but it can also be tiring and it’s easy to lose perspective amid the Pinteresting of it all. To help us all keep the important things at the forefront of our minds, I’ve developed 25 Things Every Mom Should Realize about herself, men, kids, and life in general. ...more
Love the quote you end this post with! Sometimes I have to remind myself it really is that ...more

A Tale of Two Mothers

I heard of a mother, who, when told that her son did not romantically favour the fairer sex, but preferred his own gender, said, “What else can I do but love him?”That mother’s comment is one of the most beautiful sentiments I have ever heard, but I’ve always known that no matter who our children turn out to be, we will still love them, even though sometimes, we may not like them, or what they do....more

I Can't Connect with My Daughter

Today the truth is just too hard to say aloud or to even write out on this blank screen that always allows me to explore my thoughts and feelings without regard to judgment or insecurities. But not today. Not about this. Not this truth. This truth breaks my heart and I fear that by spelling it out letter-by-letter, word-by-word, I am willing it into existence. Because right now I can pretend that this only is true in my heart and in my head. But by speaking it aloud, I have an irrational fear that she will feel the same way, too. And that crushes me to my very core....more
This must have been so hard to write. Your pain is definitely showing in your words. I wonder if ...more

How to Raise Children of Integrity

 Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.-H. Jackson Brown, Jr....more

Can Any Family Really Be Gender Neutral?

I bought my daughter a My First Purse for Christmas, complete with "lipstick," a mirror, a "cell phone," and keys. A few mornings ago, I watched as her twin brother carried the purse, on his forearm, stashing stray toys from around the living room inside. Cognitively, I knew that he was merely carrying toys in a bag. Cognitively, I knew this was an all-but-perfect solution to his older brother snatching toys from his hands and running away. But emotionally? Emotionally, I was fighting quite a battle. ...more
My 3.5 year old son loves tractors (and can name every model, type and implement; combine, plow, ...more

My other life: Today I will be an owl or a Pegasus

Today is the first day of my daughter’s spring break. For me, that means leaving behind my day job full of writing, editing, meetings, meetings and more meetings. We won’t be heading to a white sandy beach. We won’t be skiing down the Rockies. No, I’ll be plunging full-force, full-time into somewhere far more exotic: my daughter’s imagination....more

Without a Village

"It takes a village."  That's the saying, right?  To raise a baby properly, you need an entire village of mothers, sisters and friends?  I can understand the argument but what if you have no village?This weekend some of Papa's family members were in town.  Both of our families live hours away, which means there are usually several weeks (or months) between visits.  That wasn't too bad when it was just the two of us, but Little H changes so much in that amount of time....more
Sara Knight wrote a recent post "When You Don't have a Village" ...more