Category Archives: Motherhood

What Parents of Strong Willed Children Want You to Know

Iron. Metal. Unyielding. Strong. Life-giving. Our bodies need iron to live. To create healthy red blood cells pumping through our vessels carrying oxygen straight into the heart. Pump. Pump. Pump. Relentless. Without the iron? Life is less. My son has … Continue reading

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Mothering in the Dark

Ella and Caleb, My sweet ones. I knew all summer I’d write this letter. But now that it’s here, now that it’s time to write, I hesitate. Fear creeps in and I wonder what you’ll think of me. Because depression … Continue reading

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Using the Language Our Teens Speak

Oh, friends. It’s been too long. The too long has been caught up in the rush and busy of a new school year. I know you know. Barely catching breath and running here to there. It’s as if there are … Continue reading

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What My Kids Need When the World Turns Dark

Last night Caleb had a nightmare. Two robbers with guns came in through his window and stole him. He’s six. My heart shudders because–what a horrific dream. I can’t pretend to think the dream wasn’t somehow related to the bits … Continue reading

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Please. Don’t Correct My Kid for Using Manners

“Don’t call me sir. That’s my father. You can call me Gary*.” The sales associate looked at my twelve year old girl with a patronizing grin. “Yes, sir. I mean…sorry.” My daughter stumbled. My daughter, out of habit, continued to use … Continue reading

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I’m Already Proud of You

Oh, my sweet girl. My young, beautiful ballerina. This week I’ll watch you walk into the studio for hours and hours of rehearsal for your part in next week’s performance of Coppélia. After the final curtain falls, and your muscles … Continue reading

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Because the Village Still Matters

We sat across from one another sipping our coffee. She was traveling back to her college campus and had asked if we could meet. I jumped at the chance to hear about how her life was going. We talked for hours. I … Continue reading

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When Did We Stop Twirling?

The other night, music softly playing in the background, I watched you dance. I peeked around the corner so you couldn’t see me because I knew if did, you’d stop. I was right. When you were just a little bug-of-a-girl, … Continue reading

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When Our Children Fight Us

Her ballet class had been cancelled, and there was no homework. We had an afternoon that wasn’t defined by a dizzying pace of here to there and back again. A first in weeks. But our home was filthy. Regardless of … Continue reading

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When We Attempt to Groom Perfect Children

Flawless hair. Big colorful bows. Smocked dresses from Etsy for each holiday. For the first several years of life, my sweet Ella-girl always looked perfectly put together. Every hair on her cute little head in place. Outfits coordinated for each … Continue reading

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