As a Kiddo

Go Over Their Heads

We’ve heard baby talk is bad. We know the importance of talking to our babies even though they don’t understand. Babies need to hear things they can’t possibly understand so they can develop speech and understanding. But what about our toddlers and preschoolers? What about our school-age kids? It can be so tempting to think we need to curate everything to their level. But just like babies, our young kids learn...
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Personal Growth

On Being Radically Moderate in 2017

Since having kids completely ripped away my ability to power through whatever life threw at me, I have struggled with how to make life perfect again. In case you were wondering, this isn’t exactly possible. But I’ve often thought that if I just try harder or come up with the perfect program or schedule then the weight will melt off, parenting will be a breeze, my spouse and I will have perfect communication, and my health will be optimal. Of course these programs and schedules are usually...
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Personal Growth

December Wrap-Up

In Real Life December was full of friends and family. Our seven-year old spent nearly all of December making handmade gifts that she gave out at parties and hand delivered a few days before Christmas.We got together with both Dan’s and my family before Christmas and enjoyed our usual relaxed Christmas Day at home with just the four of us. We went really low key on the Christmas activities this...
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As a Grownup

On Generational Strongholds & Hope

Dear Kiddo, Lately when something goes wrong you respond with, “Oh great,” and then proceed to list every bad thing that’s happened over the last 24 hours. I’m sorry to say you come by it honestly. Both your dad and I are good at making lists of the all the bad and ignoring all the good. Whether by nature or nurture, you’ve got the pessimism gene all wrapped up...
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As a Family

What I’m Reading (December 2016)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Having never read this modern classic before, and knowing little about Angelou’s growing up years, listening to Angelou read her book out loud was both heartbreaking and heartening. This memoir made me ache for Angelou as a little girl and where our country has been, and in many ways, persists in being. But it also gave me hope in the power of words...
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Live Simply

How We Do Christmas

I come from a family that isn’t super fond of Christmas in general. If you ask my three siblings, they’ll tell you we’re all a little bah humbug about it. The season often feels a bit too hyped up and materialistic and stressful. There are so many expectations of presents and presence all around that sometimes nixing the whole thing sounds pleasant. But then I had kids. And the joy that...
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Love Deeply

When the Unthinkable Happens

The news far away and close to home is often unbelievably tragic. This summer I took a nap and had a nightmare about an acquaintance whose son had recently died. I couldn’t find any words to say to him and woke up panicked. Especially since one of our kiddos tripped and fell into a lake the day before my dream. (All was fine: it was very shallow and said kid was quickly plucked...
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