Faith

A Step Towards Contentment

Living in the moment is extremely difficult for me.  I am constantly planning, strategizing and imagining. I don’t do it on purpose; it’s the INTJ in me. It’s who I am and what I’ve always done.  And it’s not all bad.  I am rarely surprised by a situation’s outcome because I’ve thought through all the most likely scenarios.  I consistently look to make things better and can see how...
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"Normal"

In my undergrad abnormal psychology class we discussed the definition of “normal” regularly throughout the semester.   The conclusion: “normal” is hard to define. So let’s stop it.  Let’s stop comparing our kids to their friends.  Let’s stop scrutinizing our parenting based on cultural “norms.” Besides, I have a hunch that most of us see normal as more idealistic than reality finds it. Instead, let’s cling to the truth....
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Indulging in Skipping

Do you ever desperately want to skip out on something?  A lunch date, a concert, a work meeting, brushing your preschooler’s teeth?  While we cannot often indulge in skipping without serious consequences – broken friendships, lack of culture, getting fired or a huge dental bill and mommy guilt – sometimes skipping something you’re “supposed” to go to is just the indulgence you need to remain sane. And that’s just...
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Parenting

Back Porch

  When the day starts with a crying toddler at 1 am my desire for a do-over starts before it’s even light out.  And 16 meltdowns later I was still wishing for a do-over.  But today we did our meltdowns differently.  We ignored laundry day.  We both took a nap.  And as the temperature creeped up from 39 degrees to 73 we decided to be thankful – for warm...
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