2022: Making Death Mentionable Again.

Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com I considered making "death" my word of the year for 2022. "Morbid much?" you may think to yourself and consider clicking away. Don't worry, I'm choosing "alive" instead. But I almost chose death because I'm realizing that thinking more about death would help me live better. My dear friend, …

It Takes a Village: 3 Reasons to Parent in Community (for FamilyLife.com)

Photo by Kaboompics .com on Pexels.com If you came to my house and listened to me parent, you’d hear several things I’ve robbed and duplicated from my village. My kids are called “lovey,” and I say, “That was kind,” instead of “nice” because of my friend Erin. “If you choose to disobey, do things go …

Stranger Things Holidays: Like Home Alone, But Without the Feel-Good Ending

When my firstborn daughter was one, we moved approximately 8,000 lonely miles from all our friends and family. After 32 hours of travel, we arrived to our new country,  on her first birthday (we did celebrate that occasion with loved ones before we left). Her birthday falls on Halloween, so we left our home country …

A Prayer for Tired, Weary Parents

I don't know about you, but I've been feeling pretty worn down recently. Pandemic, politics and parenting have my baseline anxiety a bit higher than normal -- I've been catching my jaw clenched, my breath shallow, my back sore with tension. When anxiety is high, my threshold for other stimuli becomes lower. So when my …

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