Wash-Rinse-Repeat: Cultivating Sibling Love

Recently I sent my kids to their room to clean it up. Their room is small, they don't have many toys and not much needed putting away. If they worked together, they probably could have gotten the job done in 5 minutes. Instead it took them an hour. They spent much of that hour fighting over who made the mess, who should clean it up, who the toys/clothes/books actually belonged to. They argued over who was helping and who was laying on the floor. They hollered over how unfair it was that they had to clean up after each other when they didn't make the mess. ...more

Be Careful What You Wish For: All The Neighbor Kids Play at Our House

From where I sit, I can hear the chatter of a half a dozen little voices. Our house is the unofficial hangout of the neighborhood kids. A few years ago when I required that the kids play at my house, I didn't know what what I was getting into. At the time I required it because the neighborhood kids were older and had freedoms that bordered on unsafe. When they were younger, I figured that if they played here, I could keep an eye on my kids and temporarily prevent any danger or mischief the other kids could get into in the meantime....more
I am the neighborhood mama!!! It is even to the point that some of the kids call me mom and i ...more

Olympic Moments

I am a sucker for the Olympics. I love the pomp and circumstance. I love the cheesy inspirational advertising. I love the opening ceremonies, the closing ceremonies and everything in between. In 2008 I watched many late night Olympic events live due to repeated trips to the hospital with preterm labor contractions that were actually Braxton-Hicks on steroids. Nurses monitored me and I watched Michael Phelps win his first, second, fifth gold medals....more

Little Reflections of Me

There is nothing like being a parent and seeing yourself reflected in your children's personalities to make you realize where you fall short. We have three children and while they are each their own person, but they are also very, very much like us. And not always in nice ways. "They didn't get that from me!" might be a frequent phrase around here. Each time it's uttered in the back of my mind I feel a twinge because I know they did, in fact "get that from me". ...more

Stop Judging and Start Supporting Each Other, Moms

How have I judged thee? Let me count the ways. I have judged your parenting choices, the good ones, the bad ones and everything in between. I have judged you for your schooling choices, where you go to church, how often your kid naps. I have judged you for breastfeeding, or not. I have judged you for being too conservative or too liberal. I have judged how you discipline and what you feed your kid. I have judged you for being a working mom, stay at home mom and everything in between....more
Great words of wisdom, Claire!  Sometimes we believers can be some of the most judgmental ...more

Brave and Other Princessy Qualities

Thank you Pixar, thank you, thank you, thank you for finally introducing us to a real princess. A flawed, sometimes selfish, prideful tomboy of a girl in Brave. She sounds like a real prize, I know, but being a Disney movie, the princess in question, Merida, learns a lesson and it's a good one. It certainly translates to real life a little easier than, say, Cinderella or Snow White ("be really sweet and kind, girls, and your prince, or at least his footman, will come and sweep you away!). ...more

Lies Channing Tatum

When I first heard about Magic Mike and 50 Shades of Grey I rolled my eyes and didn't pay much attention and I certainly didn't think women would care. The next thing I know, 50 Shades of Grey has become a phenomenon and that Magic Mike is the girls night out movie of the year - at least until that last Twilight is released. ...more

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

As I enter into my last month of being 32 (or is it 33?) I have been thinking about body image, how I view myself, and how I want my girls to view themselves. I am raising two girls (and spend enough time with my 13 year old sister that I will claim her as my own), so naturally, being and feeling pretty is kinda a big deal. Like it or not, how we see ourselves and how others see us matters to us. I don't want it to, but it does. Of course, these thoughts are buoyed by the fact that it also happens to be swimsuit season. ...more