Getting Your Kids to Listen: Pro Tips from an Expert

If I got a dollar for every time I said: "Thank you for politely listening right away!" ... I'd start saying it all the time. Not because it was true, but because it would be nice to be a salaried parent. And I'd be saying something that--when true--probably makes you feel like a really amazing [...]

The Things They Handed Me

Small children value, trust, and appreciate parents. I can tell. Why else would they think we should get to hold their weird treasures and see and touch their disgusting trash without fear that we are judging them? Well, sometimes I am judging them. And kids over the years have handed me some ridiculous things. So, so many apple [...]

Why Am I Always Tired?

I often find myself on the verge of falling asleep of late. Like, could-drift-off-at-any-time tired. I accidentally fell asleep while trying to perform child bedtime multiple times this week. I think I was asleep before the girls were; I cannot confirm what happened with them because I was asleep. It seems notably bad when I [...]

Lent: An Exercise in Rationalization

I will not eat refined sugar until Easter. I will not eat *dessert* until Easter. I will not eat dessert unless its has clear nutritional value, like chocolate-covered almonds, which are full of antioxidants and protein. I will not eat unhealthy dessert, except on Sundays. If you completely deprive yourself you are destined to fail, [...]

Pooping at Dinner: A Loving Tribute

I have been thinking often this past week of a friend--now living far away--who tragically lost her five-year old boy while on a family vacation. The tragedy of it hit me in the way such things do: reminding me of how life can be unfair and uncontrollable and sometimes so very painful.  I have had a bit [...]

Carrots: The boost you need to find your friend

I was standing in the kitchen, diligently cleaning and putting stuff away (read: eating sesame crackers out of the bag while standing in front of the fridge with the door open) when Ella came bursting in. She had been playing across the street at her friend's house, so was out of breath from running fast [...]

Six little whiles more than usual

When your kids start repeating back phrases, you realize what you must sound like to them. Sometimes it is awesome: Ella's first word was "HEY!" D2 tells me she loves me "so, so, so much." But sometimes, you realize you say some things so often they have become meaningless. Apparently one of mine is "a [...]