My kids didn’t realize for years that he is actually my grandfather and not theirs, such are the continued relationships we are blessed to watch unfold. If I can be half the grandparent that he has been to me, I’ll feel like a success.
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If you are anxious about being around family this holiday, consider ways to make space for gratitude instead of grumbling. Here are four things to keep in mind, especially in the relationship with your mother-in-law.
It is not loving us when they spend without thought for future financial needs or retirement. It is not selfless of them to give only what they assume we would want — what they believe is good for us without reference to our tastes, preferences, or actual needs.
My parents make jokes in front of me that they are just “free babysitters” even though they never. ever. babysit. They’ve never even had my children overnight. When they do spend a few hours with them alone, all I hear about are the 6,000 sacrifices that they made for me to run that errand (not even a […]
December 7, 1941. A date that will live in infamy. Seventy-five years ago today, Japan attacked a U.S. naval base in Hawaii. Our country was rocked to its core. A nation divided about going to war suddenly united in a common cause. The next day, amidst chaos and grief, the United States entered World War […]
About a year ago, I wrote a post on how we kept our toddler connected with his cross-country grandparents. Fast forward a year, and we have come up with new ways to use Skype and FaceTime with our Ohio Nana and Pappy. Although our son is a year older, it is still a challenge to get […]
My husband and I are VERY lucky. All three sets of our parents live within 15 minutes of us, and all three sets of grandparents believe it is their inherent right to feed my children junk. And guess what? I am okay with that. The pre-children, I-know-everything-about-parenting-because-I-don’t-have-kids-yet mother in me has to pick my chin […]