Going It Alone

I have tremendous respect for single parents. A few weeks ago, my husband had two work trips stacked back to back. These trips don’t happen often, but when they do, I am reminded of all my husband does to help with our family. Every time I turned around, I saw something else he would have…

No Gold Star

We have some pretty fantastic kids. My sentiment is not uncommon — most parents think they have fantastic kids. Some are quicker to dismiss the not so fantastic parts than others, but it’s natural for parents to love their children and want their children to be accepted and valued by the world around them. The…

Talk to Them

“How do babies get in mom’s tummies? I was under the dining room table cleaning the rug. My husband was in the bathroom replacing electrical outlets. Children don’t premeditate these loaded questions…they simply ask what’s on their minds. This child is old enough to need more than a simple answer but not quite old enough…

Playful vs. Playmate

I quit working full time when our first son was one year old. It was absolutely the best decision for our family we’ve ever made. The friend who kept our son before I quit my job was so supportive of our decision. She was a stay-at-home mom with four kids and kind of a big…