Parenting comes to life in the stories we share.
Whether it’s a moment of joy or a moment of distress, we can learn from each other.
It dawned upon me some years ago that empathy does not come naturally for everyone. After a distressing and confusing moment with my young child, I began to do some research about how to encourage empathy with my children. What I learned was a great relief: empathy is a skill that can be taught and there are many things I can do to encourage empathy in my children.Read More
My son was 3.5 years old before he was able to sleep through the night. Somewhere in there, I began to despair that it would never happen. But I learned a few things during those early, sleep-deprived yearsRead More
Social media and children. Our arrival at this issue was a big surprise for my husband and I. Our kids are not yet teenagers and I thought we had time before some of the more subtle teachings of navigating social media were required. Were we wrong!Read More
Before my wife and I were married, we really enjoyed dating. It was part of how we fell in love. Date night for mom and dad? When was there time for that?! Well, I learned that in order to be a good parent, I also need to be a good partner. So, we work at it!Read More
Losing a child is unimaginable. This may be one of the most truthful statements ever made because if you have not lost a child you simply cannot imagine it. Losing a child to suicide, that is another whole category of unimaginable.Read More
Getting my daughter to do the dishes was a bit of a challenge. My daughter is self disciplined in many ways, at home and in school, but recently, there has been a problem with family chores. As her Mom, I think she should take on more responsibility. This began our “dish washing conflict”.Read More
Birthday parties, ice cream, Easter egg hunts or hot chocolate at a Santa Claus parade—these are the special little moments that a parent looks forward to sharing with their children. For our family, our daughter’s diagnoses of severe allergies has forever changed the way that we experience these small joys.Read More
I grew up with my mom and older sister. My father was never in my life and I had to learn the “man stuff” from my mom and important male influences around me. My biggest fear for myself was when I have my own children, how will I know how to raise them?Read More
Growing up, I dreamed of becoming a mother….but most of my expectations of what might happen flew out the window when my first child came 9 weeks early. Our son’s early arrival was not part of the plan I imagined in my dreams – nobody ever taught me or my husband what to expect if a pregnancy did not go as anticipated.Read More
I knew this day would come, the day when our baby was supposed to be born. 29 weeks ago, I had a miscarriage. 30 weeks ago, I was carrying around a new life inside me. A new life we were so excited about and so ready to embrace—a little boy who should have come into our lives this weekend. A little brother for our daughter.Read More