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Settling the Great Debate: What to do With Your Kids’ Art

Settling the Great Debate: What to do With Your Kids’ Art

Some moms save every scribble which finds its way to paper. Some wait until the cover of darkness and then sneak it, piece by piece, to the recycling bin. It’s a constant debate and tremendous source of second-guessing: Just what’s a mom to do with the mounds of “artwork” generated by her kids? Multiply this [...]

Difficult or Delightful: 6 Reasons to Appreciate Your Mother-in-law

Immediately upon walking out of the church on my wedding day, my mother-in-law burst into tears. While she claimed they were “tears of joy,” I know it was very hard for her to hand over her son to another woman. Mothers-in-law often get a bad rap. Mother-in-law jokes abound, and somewhere right now there’s a [...]

A Letter to My Girls

A Letter to My Girls

If memory serves me, my dad was in Walmart when I called him with the big news. His response was something like, “Are you serious?! Are you serious?!” Indeed, I was serious. Amy and I were expecting twins. I remember the strange suddenness of their arrival. When it was time to leave the hospital, they handed [...]

My Journey to Stop Yelling at My Kids

My Journey to Stop Yelling at My Kids

Seven months ago, I overheard my son say something quite profound to my mother, whom he calls Nino. “Nino, I’ve never heard you yell.” I had a sinking feeling upon hearing his simple observation of his grandmother. I was guilty of yelling at my kids. There were times when I felt like my children were [...]

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

“Why do you have a badger skin?” inquired my 6-year-old nephew. My family, along with a small group of other adults and children, formed a semicircle in the shadowy quiet of a reconstructed Indian encampment earth lodge at a children’s nature center. Christine Freeman, an employee, had been guiding us through the lifestyle of the Kanza Indians, [...]