There are certain things we do when raising children. Certain things that are, perhaps, counter-cultural so that our young men and young women, our kids in regular classes and with special needs, our kids of all make-ups and all colors can grow up as fully, wonderfully themselves. Strong and sensitive. Logical and creative. Responsible and wild. Just and merciful. Wise and loving. Leaders who serve others. And, depending on the child, we have to teach … Continue Reading “Lent: Day 1… and Some Totally Unrelated Evle Twens Stories”
When I was pregnant with twins and completely out of my mind with Oh Dear God, I Can’t Do This Five Kids Thing, my friend Christy, a fellow mama of multiples, said, “Don’t worry. Every 3 months, something gets easier.”
Christy was right. Well, except when she was wrong. But mostly she was right. Every 3 months, in general, something did get easier.
Last week, we went on family vacation.
And family vacations can … Continue Reading “How to Have a Successful Family Vacation”
It was the great American philosopher, Cookie Monster, who once said, “Asking questions is good way to find out about things.”
Although I agree with Mr. Monster on this one, I always giggled when teachers said a similar thing, “Ask questions. And remember, there are no stupid questions.” Because there are stupid questions, of course. And rude questions. And thoughtless questions. And nosy questions. And ignorant questions, too.
I’ve asked them. I’ve been asked … Continue Reading “Why Not to Say “What Not to Say”: In Support of Asking Questions”
I walked the floor with a baby on each shoulder gently bounce, bounce, bouncing them, my back burning, hoping to ease my twins to sleep. They must’ve been just a few weeks old, our fourth and fifth kids, recently out of the neonatal intensive care unit, all of us recovering from their premature birth as I tried to learn two new little ones. What worked. What didn’t. How to navigate a whole new life. Again. … Continue Reading “You Don’t Have to Choose a Parenting Method to be a Great Parent”