Category: Family and Home

When History Repeats Itself

Our childhood experiences shape the kinds of lives we want our children to live. Often we desire to make our children’s lives better and our definition of “better” is determined by our own pasts. Those desires can take a nasty turn. Far too many parents have been accused of trying...

Getting Ready for the Simple Life

Nothing like preparing to move to show you just how much stuff you have. Seriously. We have A LOT of stuff. Even before I accepted the call to teach down in Texas, I started sorting through all the stuff in our house and tried Facebook garage sale sites and...

Give Them Permission to Feel

I believe that our failure to give our children independence throughout their lives is destroying their ability to cope, but so is our insistence on them being happy at all times. So is our refusal to recognize their sadness and anger and fears and disgust as real, and emotions...

We Need to Help our Kids Become (GULP) Independent

We're too scared to let our kids grow up and we are crippling them. We're also crippling ourselves because we leaving the door open for them to move back in once they are supposedly grown up. Yes, we are charged with getting our kids safely to adulthood, but if...