October 30, 2017

I know we've all felt, as parents and as people, both sides of the War vs. Peace styles of human interaction. And I'm eternally grateful to those who have chosen peace. To those who have provided me a sense of community during what can feel like very isolating parenting years.

August 2, 2017

The second baby never quite gets the same attention the first one got. My second born is 4 years old now but I've noticed lately exactly how half assed we baby-proofed the house for him. There are outlets all over the house that have only one plug covered.

It seems as though we bought like one package of 12 outlet covers and then randomly covered 12 out of the 157 outlets in the house. Because it's important for kids to know that life is not always safe, and mommy can only protect you part of the time.

Also, even though we only had 12 covers I decided the outlet in the photo, which is on the kitchen counter, near the sink, wa...

July 19, 2017

I saw a kid carrying a pillow into the movie theater the other day and it reminded me of when my parents took me along when they saw Out of Africa in the theater. I brought a pillow so I could nap. I looked it up and that movie came out when I was 7.

Maybe that's what we are doing wrong with our kids. We never allow them to be "7 year old sitting through Out of Africa" bored. I think that level of bored is good preparation for real life.

Also, maybe that's how I developed my napping skillz.

I constantly think our kids are going to be so disappointed that life isn't their personal amusement park. Can you imagine how difficult i...

June 27, 2017

With the passing of another school year my social media feed has once again been cluttered with the most annoying, and, I argue, harmful, pictures of children.

What is so annoying about these pictures? They are filled with an abundance of caps and gowns.

Am I anti-education? Anti-celebration? No.

I’m anti-ridiculous.

See, I don’t mind a cap and gown on someone graduating from high school or college. In fact, I applaud those images and the milestones they signify.

You know what isn’t a significant milestone? Passing kindergarten. I’m sorry, it’s just not. So why are we having so many kindergarten graduations? And why are there 5...

June 14, 2017

On her first day of kindergarten she held my hand tight, scared of what waited for her in that new classroom, at this new school, after her parents left. Her progress has been slow, but sure. She's made friends, gained confidence, and discovered how to use her tiny voice in big ways.

It's so hard to let them out into the world, where you can no longer protect them all the time. You can only hope that the world is gentle, and takes its time to reveal its flaws. I couldn’t have asked for better teachers, and I’m grateful for the classroom they built. They were kind, compassionate, and patient with my shy little girl.

I remember...

March 11, 2017

My kids are not perfect, they spend their days trying to come up with various ways to break my brain, and they are successful in those efforts most days. But today we ordered dessert.

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