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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

-William Butler Yeats

Lies We Tell Our Children

There’s a radio program that airs around the time I am usually picking up a child from a weekend playdate. A few weeks ago it featured an interview with John Hodgman, a sort of hipster-comedian, who is older than most hipsters (i.e., my age). He recently wrote a book (Vacationland)... Read More

Surviving and Thriving With Kids in December

Oh December, one of the busiest months of the year, is it possible to still connect with your children this month, while still maintaining the level of activity you need to in your profession (whether that is as a paid employee, mother of children, or both)? Possibly, although, my vision of... Read More

Service With a Smile?

When I was a newly minted mom, there was another lady in my church group who had recently had a baby.  I called her up and told her I was bringing her dinner, she resisted, I insisted and so, I secured my first opportunity to serve as a mom with... Read More

Return and Report: Afterschool Grumpies Edition

Do you ever feel like a broken record?  Like you just keep saying the same things over and over hoping that this time your kids will listen.  Only they don’t and you don’t blame them and even as you’re saying it, you’re thinking:   “This is so dumb.   Why... Read More

Thanksgiving Day Traditions With Kids

My oldest daughter recently told me, her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because there’s so much good food and it’s cozy.  I love that she has that feeling from Thanksgiving, even if some of those holidays, I was stressed, or did a very minimal amount, or nothing at all, it’s encouraging... Read More

Surviving and Thriving With Kids in November

Leaves are falling off trees, cooler temperatures are arriving and families in many places are preparing for a busy next few months. We are no exception, so I don’t want to put too much extra, unneeded stuff on my plate, but I do want to still be proactive in finding... Read More