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On Disagreeing & How to Do It Well

It seems that there is a lot of disagreement in our world today. That’s stating the obvious, isn’t it? On Valentine’s Day, there was another mass shooting at a school. Before then, and even more since then, there has been … Continue reading

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On Being a Yes Mom

If you’ve known me for long and if you’ve ever had a conversation about parenting with me, it’s likely that you’ve heard me say: Parenting, at its core, is one grand experiment. What, you say? Do you not take parenting … Continue reading

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On Happy Families

I’ve always liked Leo Tolstoy’s statement, in Anna Karenina: All happy families are alike;¬†each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Does this make sense to you? I suppose, as a generalization, I might say: well, it depends upon … Continue reading

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On Endgame as an Approach to Childhood

Brain, Child . . . the Magazine for Thinking Mothers I’m not sure where I first heard of this publication, but I look at its title now and I think: yup, this is a magazine for me! I think Jennifer … Continue reading

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On Practical Ways to Encourage New Mothers

Because I’m spending so much time thinking about my teenage children, I figured I’d throw in a thought about the Mama’s with the tiny people as well. I found this article years ago and thought it was a great piece … Continue reading

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On the Children Who Are Almost Grown & Their Mamas Too

These summer days after the oldest’s high school graduation are strange ones. He is gone much of the time: job hunting, hanging with friends. We get a taste of the months and years to come as he gradually exits the … Continue reading

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On Little Free Libraries

Several years ago, when I served as President of the PTA at our elementary school, my Vice President, friend, and neighbor, Jeannine Kannegiesser, came to me with a terrific idea. She asked if I’d noticed the little libraries popping up … Continue reading

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On Calendars and What They Can Do For You

My dear friend, Elaine asked a question on Facebook a few weeks ago. It went something like this: “What are your best tips for balancing the need to be fully present in the moment with the need to plan for … Continue reading

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On Eighteen Years

This weekend, my oldest graduates from high school. Each of us in our family are experiencing an array of emotions. If you haven’t yet read Michael Gerson’s thoughtful post on the departure of his oldest son, it is worth a … Continue reading

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On the Things that Ain’t Happenin’

Jen Hatmaker hits it out of the park, once again. Having just ushered my 18 year old into adulthood 2 days ago, I am relieved that I don’t need to back-fill my antique trunk with annual time capsules. As I … Continue reading

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