Traditions are good enough in themselves; they provide a stability, framework, and anchor to childhood. But to me, Tree Night also serves to remind us where we’ve been, where we are, and that no matter where we’re going, we’re going there together. It provides context and produces gratefulness. And it’s really fun.
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Keep in mind that the cumulative effect of following these steps won’t be fully evident overnight. But rest assured, one day you will wake up and realize that you have an Ungrateful Child, possibly more than one, and that the results are mostly permanent. I’d recommend that you go celebrate, but you’ll most likely be […]
We’re both feeling our way through this and navigating the changes. Sometimes I have to remind myself that while it can be a struggle for me, it’s also tough for her. Growing pains don’t stop once you’re full grown.
I know many parents who have decided not to allow any social media at all for their kids until high school, or even until they’ve graduated. I also know parents who put few restrictions on their children’s social media lives. So, while I’m not here to tell you what’s right for your family, I’ll give you […]
I can’t grocery shop without people asking if I feed an army or run a daycare center. When we eat at a restaurant, travel, or do pretty much anything in public, people notice and sometimes make comments. And you know, it doesn’t bother me at all.
But, I’ve gotta tell you . . . there is something to the bickering that adds dimension to their relationships. In their jockeying for position or insistence on being right, they’re figuring out what it means to resolve conflict. Bickering often happens when they’re bored, and since I believe that boredom is good for kids, […]
Here you are safe, you are important, a critical piece of who we are and what we’re building. So put your head on my shoulder, wipe those tears on my sleeve, and hear what I have to say next, love. You’re not THAT important