Parenting Category

The Picture I Would Never Show My Mom…

We love to FaceTime with my mom. Whether she likes the Blair Witch Project cinematography of our video chats or the loud, chaotic nonsense that comes from our end, I don’t know. But the sweet lady FaceTimes with us regardless. Most of the time, the camera points at odd angles, giving her good glimpses of […]

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The One Thing We Forget to Give God

“Here, mama.” My two-year-old extended her pudgy, closed fist. Inside, no doubt, rested a highly-prized treasure. My kids do this often, this bringing me gifts thing. Then they’ll drop their special gift into my hand and I’ll ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over their precious deposit. At times, they give me acorns. Other times, rocks. Or weeds. […]

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Why We Should Stop Working So Hard To Take Care of Ourselves

Cheese. That’s how our house imploded. I, thinking my three children could share, poured some shredded cheese into one bowl, then set it on the table in front of them. For a short while, they happily took turns driving their fist into the pile, and then shoving a handful of the stuff into their mouths.  […]

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Who Are You, Really?

My son has disappeared. Not physically, thank heavens. But my smiley, go-with-the-flow, happy-to-help toddler has been replaced by some body snatcher who constantly sulks, shoulders drooped, head down, shouting things like, “I don’t want to!” or some whiny form of “Stoooop!” It’s exhausting. Mass has become difficult. Nap time is impossible. Getting him to eat […]

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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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