Yes, it’s wonderful. Yes, it’s a gift. Yes, I’m grateful. Motherhood can also be lonely. At dinner tonight I watched out the window we were seated in front of as a mom let her toddler run on the porch outside. Continue reading To The Mom with the Toddler: I See You. It’s Why I Bought you a Glass of Wine.
My family spends a lot of time on “screens”. In fact, we have unlimited screen time. I suspect we spend less (or not more than) most American families on screens, but I bet we spend far less time engaged in Continue reading Unlimited Screen Time and Gaming: What if We Love Our Kids For Who They Are?
Before my kids were school aged we opted out of school entirely. That’s right; my kids don’t go to school. They have never gone to school. As someone who has spent 12 + years in traditional schooling, then studied to Continue reading My Kids Don’t Go To School: 5 Reasons Why (Hint: They Are All So We Could Opt Into Learning)
When people find out we do not pretend Santa is real we hear that we have robbed our children of the magic of Christmas. Words like “joy” and “wonder” are offered as additional experiences we have intentionally removed from our Continue reading Santa and The Elf Team Up: Are Our Kids Really Experiencing Joy and Wonder this Christmas?
When we first moved to Denver I was looking out a window at the Denver Children’s Museum. It was a beautiful Spring day and I could see so much. It struck me that we live in a unique place when Continue reading Denver’s Elitch Garden’s Fright Fest: Fun for the Whole Family
In October, Elitch Gardens transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night, plus all your favorite Theme Park rides. Don’t miss out on five weekends of scary fun at Colorado’s largest Halloween event! Open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays Continue reading Special Offer for Elitch Gardens Fright Fest!
It seems we have a misunderstanding. We have come to accept complaining about kids as a necessity of motherhood. We have been so wronged in our role as mother that it requires large amounts of bitching and wine to even Continue reading Complaining About Kids: Necessary Venting or Time for Change?
If you want to know why I love Barefoot books so much, click here. They represent all of us- every color of skin, every ability, and every kind of family. They are important and beautiful. This is why I am Continue reading Barefoot Book of Children Gift Set Giveaway! Raise Global Awareness in Your Home
Far more inspiring to me than elite marathon runners is the overweight runner mom who decides to lace up her shoes (or get on the mat, or hop on the bike) after a long time off. With extra weight on Continue reading For The Overweight Runner Mom Who Gets Out There Extra Weight & All
When we talk openly about treating children like people and share that we do not punish, force sleep, require everyone at a family dinner table, have chores, or otherwise treat our children like second class citizens we inevitably hear “respectful parenting would Continue reading Respectful Parenting Would Never Work With My Kid: Are you Sure?
We do not punish our kids. Ever. My 7.5 year old has never had a time-out, favorite toy withheld, or had to do chores to earn back things that she loves. My soon to be 10 year old has not Continue reading I Do Not Punish My Kids. Ever. What Does That Look Like?
We white parents find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. If we did not know before, recent events have shown us clearly that racism is no better today than it was 50 or 60 years ago. That’s hard to hear. Learning that Continue reading Resources for White Parents Who Will Confront Racism
The atrocity in Charlottesville should have more conversations about racism than ever happening in white families. It is uncomfortable, though. Many of us are just learning how we perpetuate racism and that we ourselves are racist. Shouldn’t we get a grasp Continue reading Racism: What Do We White People Say to Our Kids?
In theory, we all agree that children should be loved unconditionally and accepted for who they are. They should not reconfigure themselves so that they can receive the full love and affection of their parents. By being born our children, they should have Continue reading Unconditional Love: Are Our Children Getting It?
Homeschool socialization has been talked about a zillion times. Homeschool parents know what a ridiculous question it is, but we all get it at some point (s) when we tell someone we homeschool. The question about homeschool socialization comes in different Continue reading Homeschool Socialization: The Irony of this Question is Lost on Most