Parenting

Raising kids is hard work. I’ve been there, and I learned a few things along the way.



Saturday morning muffin disaster

Saturday morning muffin disaster

You can tell, when I post recipes, that I’m not a food blogger. I’m just someone on a restricted diet who loves good food and likes to cook and to share recipes with my friends. But the recipe I tried today, I’m not going to share with you. Because it was a Saturday...
Faceblindness in the family

Faceblindness in the family

It was early November. We were in the car, talking about Halloween costumes. A teenager visiting our house had worn a costume that included contact lenses. One lens made his eye look red, and the other made his eye look black. “Mom,” asked my child, “do some people...
The Giant Cookie Test

The Giant Cookie Test

One of the most effective tools in my parenting toolbox is the Giant Cookie Test. Let me tell you about it. When my kids were really small, I assumed that if they didn’t do what I told them to do, they were being disobedient. And I would get angry with them because of...
Four Tips for Talking with Children about Despondency

Four Tips for Talking with Children about Despondency

Part 2 of a two-part guest post by Nicole Roccas, PhD; read part 1 here In this follow-up guest post, I’d like to discuss four strategies we can use to better equip children to face their own battles with despondency in meaningful and ultimately hopeful ways....
Can Children Struggle with Despondency?

Can Children Struggle with Despondency?

Part 1 of a two-part guest post by Nicole Roccas, PhD When I initially wrote Time and Despondency, I didn’t expect that one of the biggest groups to express interest in the topic of despondency would be parents concerned for their children. Yet, in the months...
Getting Kids to Write Thank You Notes

Getting Kids to Write Thank You Notes

If everyone in your family gets together to open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning, you might not have ever worried much about thank you notes. Your kids say thanks and give hugs in person, and that’s enough. But in some families, grandparents and godparents...

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