I often say that if you’re going to homeschool for the long haul, you must learn to relax or you won’t make it. Military life has helped me be more flexible, because I have so little control over what will happen in any given year. It has truly forced me to rely on the Lord’s strength, because I am a person that likes to know ahead of time how things will go.Read more
For many parents, no can become a default. Without thought, the answer to any request outside the normal routine is no.
No, you cannot go to your friend’s house, stay up past your bedtime to finish that chapter, or have cake for dinner.
I get it—parents become weary of the constant questions and no is easy, comfortable, and…safe. They worry that “giving in” too often will harm their child or lead to self indulgence. But are you finding yourself in a constant negative state with your children?Read more
I never set out to be a homeschooler.
In fact, the few experiences I'd had with homeschoolers prior to becoming a homeschooling parent myself were a little, how shall I say it? Odd.Read more
I had a lot of responses to a post I wrote called Is the Internet Making Us Mean? While discussing the topic with my husband later, we came to a conclusion--ironically, while watching "Survivor"--that it's not just a social media problem...it's basic manners in general. Behaviors we were taught as a matter of course when we were young seem absent today.
Rather than lament "this younger generation," though, it brought to mind some of the little sayings and lessons I grew up with--ones I hope I've passed on to my own kids. Most of these were caught, rather than taught.Read more
I'm not sure what brought you to this place. Whether you always imagined yourself a homeschooling parent, fell into it quite by accident, or simply find yourself pulling your child out of school for reasons unique to your family, suddenly you find yourself...a homeschooling parent.
But I know how you feel, that panic, those questions.Read more
So I finally went to see Moms' Night Out last night!
I'd heard about the movie from social media and friends who'd raved about this family-friendly offering.Read more
We read the studies, see the exposés on the portrayal of women in the media—the dehumanization, the surgically altered yet anorexic models held up as ideal images for our girls—and we get angry. Angry at the media, angry at society with its ridiculous expectations, angry at unattainable standards which cause our girls to doubt themselves and question their worth. Angry when a 10-year-old pinches the inside of her tiny thigh and announces she’s “fat.”
But what if the problem isn’t only the media, what if it’s… us?
Yes—us. You and me. The women in their lives.Read more
remember not going to the movies… …or fine restaurants or anyplace where yoga pants and a slightly rumpled, perhaps spit-up stained tee shirt might not quite meet the dress code, for that matter. I also remember not going on many dates with my husband because the only way we could afford sitters was to switch off babysitting duties with friends from time to time, and really, how good a friend do you have to be to volunteer to watch four kids under the age of seven? So it would happen sometimes, but not very often, and that was life.Read more
I've worked from home for several year now and I've learned so much--not only professionally, but about myself, setting limits, and much much more.Read more
While talking with a young friend recently, she lamented how little she’d accomplished during the year her husband was deployed.
“I just feel like I didn’t meet any of the goals I set for myself while he was gone,” she said as we sipped our skinny mocha whatevs at Starbucks.
“I didn’t run that marathon. I didn’t finish losing the weight I wanted—"
“Wait a second,” I stopped her.Read more
I've been a military spouse for a longish (ahem) time. Well, nearly 25 years, to be exact. While in some ways it's gone by in a flash, I will admit that there are moments when I feel like I've seen it all, heard it all, have all the t-shirts...and I can honestly become a bit jaded about this whole military spouse thing. But then I remember you. Yes, YOU, young military spouse! You, with your energy and your ideas. You, with your enthusiasm for the newness of military life and your positivity. You inspire me, make me laugh, and help me remember what this is all about.
Please go here to read the rest of my latest article for Military Spouse Magazine!