How do you teach your kids—and yourself—responsibility? My successes and failures, resulting in house-elfness.

Parents, I have a question: when do you show mercy and rescue a child, or when do you let them suffer with an unforgettable lesson? How do you teach responsibility without potentially damaging your child? That’s a quandary that plagues me nearly every day. I give you Exhibit A, my youngest daughter, age 9. Yesterday … Continue reading How do you teach your kids—and yourself—responsibility? My successes and failures, resulting in house-elfness.

3 ways in which parents are like God (and 3 ways we aren’t–yet)

I’ve always known that parenthood is how God teaches us to be like Him, but now that I’ve been at it for 25 years, I feel like I’m finally understanding some of those aspects. For example: 1) God WANTS to hear from us. Wherever, whenever. I know this, because currently our family is spread over … Continue reading 3 ways in which parents are like God (and 3 ways we aren’t–yet)

If you could give your younger self a message from the future, what would it be?

That’s how I felt two days ago, and wondered if I could. Allow me to back up a bit. My blog is a little late this week, because I spent a few days in a hospital two hours away assisting my oldest daughter with her second born, and then with her toddler son. When her … Continue reading If you could give your younger self a message from the future, what would it be?

Parenthood, summed up in one horrible bathroom incident

My four-year-old is my youngest of nine children. You’d think that after 25 years of being a mom, I’d be an expert, but you’re never an expert, I’ve decided. Especially when it comes to potty-training. With our first child, I took the excellent advice to “not rush it.” This was the early 90s when having … Continue reading Parenthood, summed up in one horrible bathroom incident

We adults have ruined the world for our kids

Once again someone has sent me a trite old email about “How great things were in the past!” and “How awful things are today!” Surely you’ve seen these before, the less-than-subtle comparison that when we were kids we knew how to be kids, unlike kids today who are pathetic pansies. However, there are two major … Continue reading We adults have ruined the world for our kids

Whose children are those?

“[T]he children belong to all of us.” ~Paul Reville, former Massachusetts secretary of education, Common Core enthusiast, and Harvard professor Mr. Reville (and I’m trying very hard not pronounce his name as “revile” in my head) recently stated the above about who the children of America belong to (read an excellent discussion in Forbes about this … Continue reading Whose children are those?