We just graduated our third child from homeschooling, with our last one going into her junior year. Looking back, I recall the feelings of mild panic as our first child headed into his high school years and wondering if we could do it justice.Read more
"10 Things You Should Stop Wearing NOW" the title screamed at me as I scrolled through Facebook. The photo featured middle-aged women in "mom jeans," sadly oblivious to the pain their poor fashion choices inflicted on their hapless families and the general public.
Yet on Pinterest, I viewed image after image of high-waisted, faded wash denim shorts...Read more
I read recently that having a loved one deployed is akin to dealing with a severe long-term illness or family trauma. It’s an incredible, ongoing stress. While it's impossible in this short space to cover all you can do to care for your family while going through a deployment, here are a few thoughts.Read more
The day I realized that I had more years of kids at home behind me than I did in front of me was sobering indeed.
And while I know that motherhood is probably the most important job I’ll ever do, it’s also a shaky place to stake my entire identity.Read more
Homeschooling and the military lifestyle seem to be a natural fit. Here's how it worked for our family!Read more
I've heard them called the Blurry Years--those years when you have several young children, say below the age of 5. Those years when you live for nap time and forget to eat.
In that era when we had four kids aged seven and under, I often found myself on the receiving end of brilliant comments such as, “Enjoy them while they’re little!” and, “They grow up too quickly!”
I remember thinking, Uh-huh, sure. I’d just like to take a shower without someone pounding on the bathroom door!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
Some interesting links from around the milspouse world this week!Read more
I look at your hopeful face, your bright eyes, and I wish I could go back in time and tell you a few things, aside from lose the giant bangs and Val Kilmer won’t age well. You’re currently stressing over your first semester of college, decisions over where to work, and whether to keep dating that cute guy (Spoiler alert. He IS the one!). If I could arrange a meeting between my middle-aged self and my fresh out of high school self, here’s what the present me might say...Read more
When we moved from Germany to the Pacific, one of the hardest days of my life was leaving our oldest child at his college in Texas en route. (Let’s just be real for a moment: I cried myself to sleep for two weeks.).Read more
Snapchat is one of the most popular messaging apps for teens. And if by "messaging apps" you think I mean ways to send someone a quick note like I'll be home late or Do you need anything from the store? or Dearest mother, let me remind you how much I love thee, then you'd be sadly mistaken.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