gift from Santa
    December 20, 2013
    The Day My Child Became a Giver

    Our family began a Christmas Eve tradition two years ago. Whether we are home or on the road, we put cash into 17 envelopes that have been decorated by my children. My children walk up to 17 people th…

    Hope for the Pressured Parent
    July 12, 2013
    Hope for the Pressured Parent

    After helping my youngest daughter apply sunscreen, I sat in a lawn chair as my children did cartwheels and played ball in the front yard. That’s when it suddenly occurred to me—maybe I’ve been …

    Rushing Our Children Through Life
    July 11, 2013
    Rushing Our Children Through Life

    My child sat down at the picnic table delightedly admiring the heaping sno-cone she held in her hand. Suddenly, a look of worry came across her face. “Do I have to rush, Mama?” I could have cried.…

    The Flip Side of a Child’s Weakness
    July 10, 2013
    The Flip Side of a Child’s Weakness

    When my daughter was three, someone told me during a toddler art class that I needed to “toughen her up” because she was too sensitive and “would have a rough life ahead.” When my daughter and…

    Strength and Beauty in Children
    July 9, 2013
    Strength and Beauty in Children

    I will never forget the day I was with a group of girls and they declared my arm the “biggest” one of all. I was only a child, but those words stuck with me and forever changed my self-perception.…

    Worry Less Live More
    July 8, 2013
    Worry Less, Live More

    When my child was fourteen-months-old, she had an aversion to shoes and preferred “walking” everywhere on her knees. I worried that she’d still be using this unconventional form of migration to …