National Library Week: Celebrating How Libraries Shaped My Life

National Library Week, celebrated this week of April 14-20, always takes me to random places in my memory. As an avid bookworm, it's no surprise that I am a supporter and lover of libraries. The libraries of my life have supported me over the years, as I have grown through various stages and phases of my life. I can't even begin to play the "what if" game, to consider what my life might have looked like without the series of libraries in my life. I am thankful and blessed for this trip through the stacks of my life....more
Oh, how I love libraries too! I remember weekly visits and piles of fresh books at the checkout ... more

Wow! Had no idea my post was featured...with comments. I had posted before to complete silence, so I guess I never checked. Thank you!

Wow! Had no idea my post was featured...with comments. I had posted before to complete silence, so I guess I never checked. Thank you! ...more
@Denise Or the third possibility - which you generously didn't mention - that I simply ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@penneymom Thank you! I always assume good intentions (sometimes erroneously) but the stakes are ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@ItsAllRelative I think we're all guilty of it. The version that makes me angriest is when I ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@heathersteele03 Right on! I try to make my friends understand "it's okay with me if it's okay ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@RobinNeil Thank you! Good point about hearing consistent messages from "someone else she looks ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@kassyy Thank you! Then I'm sure you'll also understand more than anyone and forgive my 5 MONTHS ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@sleepingshouldbeeasy Thank you. I never would have thought about this issue in the past, and ... more

Please Stop: It's Not Okay to Interfere When I Discipline My Child

Now, like many like-minded parents, we have invested ridiculous amounts of time, money, energy and tears in hopes that our sweet, mischievous little girl could learn to retrofit herself into our strange and dangerous world. This world has many social expectations that make little sense to her -- like not hugging strangers; not stealing food from others' plates; not wandering hotel hallways alone; not shoplifting; and so on. While she likes to do all of these things, and as much as I respect her individuality and her independence, I simply won't allow them. Even when you tell me, "It's okay."...more
@SingleMomtism Well thank you. Cuteness is not an excuse to be a jerk either. I know some NT ... more