Parenting Category

Diaper Changes

My daughter hates diaper changes. Especially when she’s hungry. If it were up to her, she’d happily sit in her mess, suckling milk until the waste burned holes on her bottom. Even then—blistered and bleeding—she’d be contentedly milk-drunk, filled up with the one thing she’d wanted in this world. But that wouldn’t be good for […]

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What To Do When Tornadoes Strike

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Including severe weather. Here, there is no defined ‘tornado season’. Not really, anyway. At any given time, warm weather can tango with an incoming cold front and transform into funnel-shaped danger. Typically, Texas reports about 140-150 tornadoes each year, a quota it reached by May in 2019. In October of that […]

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Separation Anxiety

My son has a severe case of separation anxiety. As he grows, the issue seems to intensify, despite the fact that I drop him off at his grandparents’ house one day each week so I can have a few hours of uninterrupted writing time (praise God for grandparents!) To him, it doesn’t matter that his […]

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Get My Checkbook

It was a mad dash to the minivan. We had snacks, we had water cups—though they may or may not have been filled with water—and all three kids were stampeding toward their car seats at the same time. It was even rumored that all the kids had shoes on their feet. From the looks of […]

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How Many Times Do You Put Your Fingers In Your Mouth Every Day?

“I have water on my finger,” my three-year-old says from the backseat. I cock a brow and glance in the rearview mirror. Water? “How do you have water on your finger?” I ask. “From my water cup,” she answers, like it’s obvious. But before we got in the van, I stuffed the water cups into […]

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I See You

One of my greatest joys is cheering for my kids when they do something amazing. Amazing being a relative word, of course. It could be writing a lower case ‘g’ in the lines properly. Or swinging from the monkey bars. Or hopping around the room on one leg. Amazing can quite literally mean anything. Just […]

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When God Closes a Door…

My kids always seem to know what they want. Milk. Snacks. A blanket. Socks. More snacks. And that’s just at bedtime. They’re pros at wanting stuff. It’s like they’re hard-wired to desire what they think will make them happy. Take it from my son. He’s only eight-months-old and can’t even speak yet, but he has […]

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Ready for Church?

“Ready for church?” It’s a silly question, really, and to be honest, I’m not sure why I asked. I gaze upon my two small daughters as they shove pancakes into their mouths, the stringy syrup striping their pajamas. Cheeks puffed with pastries, they shake their heads. I run through the mental checklist: Clean the table. […]

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What Is Parenthood, Really?

My son’s cry rattles me from sleep. I rub one eye and take a dreaded peek at the clock. 4:43 Sigh. Who needs alarms when they’ve got kids? Tossing back the covers, I shiver in the chilly, pre-dawn air. But this is it. No more covers. No more sleep. The baby’s awake. The day’s begun. […]

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Raising Jerktoids

My daughter is a jerktoid. There, I said it. I know it’s harsh, but it’s true. She’s selfish, stubborn, and abrasive. She whines and shouts, emotion spilling uncontrollably down her face when things don’t go her way. Then she strikes me in the face when I don’t cave in to her antics. It’s like raising […]

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