It’s a chilly December day, and I’m staring blankly out the tall airport terminal window. Somewhere nearby a baby giggles and holiday music tinkles through the overhead speakers, but it does little to lighten my mood. Down on the tarmac, a massive metal bird has swallowed precious cargo: my two little boys. I imagine them… Read More For the lonely mothers at Christmastime: 7 Tips for mamas missing their kiddos
For many, the #MeToo Movement might be just flash in the pan. A fly-by-night headline that goes viral for a while and then vanishes with yesterday’s tweets. But not for me. Just like a giant game of “telephone,” this movement has become so widespread and muddled that many of us don’t have a clue where… Read More #Me Too: A Place to Start
In honor of White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP), I am highlighting some resources for parents, children, and spouses this month. Don’t forget to celebrate WRAP Week, which always begins on the last Sunday of October! Have you ever looked in the mirror and hated your reflection? Be honest. Um, yes. I’m raising my hand. But… Read More WRAP Resources: New Children’s Books from Educate & Empower Kids
Parents often wonder when they should start talking to their kids about pornography. The answer is: as soon as they have access to the internet. For many families, that includes preschoolers. But how in the world are we supposed to bring it up with our littlest kiddos? They are so pure. Believe it or not,… Read More “Good Pictures Bad Pictures”: The JUNIOR version is here!
First, let me say HAPPY FATHER’S DAY this Sunday to all the dads in my life … but especially this one, MY Daddy. Dads make me smile. I have been organizing pictures this week and burst out laughing when I came across the sequence below. I often have duplicates and sequences because like many parents,… Read More Man help
[Update, May 2019: In one of our most popular episodes on the Media Savvy Moms podcast, we teach parents how to Give Kids a Construction Site: a safe place where they can talk to you about anything! That’s because it’s an analogy so many children–especially our kids–can identify with. (Of course, between the two of… Read More Construction Birthday Party? Nailed it!
It’s parent-teacher conference time. And for the first time, I had two in one day. And wow! They were so different from each other! It has really made me reflect on how unique my two boys are. It’s funny isn’t it? You have your first kid. You think you have the parenting thing figured out. Then the… Read More Two little turkeys
I’m hovering four stories in the air on a little blue platform. A soft wind begins to blow. I’d usually welcome it on a steamy summer day like this, but not at the moment. Instead of cooling me off, the breeze causes everything around me to sway, increasing my terror. As my pulse races, I hear… Read More Letting go
Did you have a good day? I wonder how we ever really answer that question. How do we sort through the moments, like so many puzzle pieces, and label a day “good” or “bad”? Here are some of mine … I’m sweating today because our air conditioner is broken. Again. We have to replace the… Read More Defining a day
After 6 weeks away with their dad, my sweet children are finally home. Now what do you think I’m going to say next? Here’s how I pictured it in my mind: Hubby and me standing at the end of the jetway at the airport and the boys running in slow motion toward us. Everyone in… Read More Families, Olympics, and Little Bugs