Teach Me Magic

| February 20, 2013

Last year, the phenomenon of the Magic Cards entered the sheltered world of my ten year old boy. His friends played it, and it seemed, he might have been the last one of his peers to learn of this game. I resisted in many ways, making excuse after excuse to not buy the cards. There [...]

There is no such thing as a “difficult” person

| February 18, 2013

Now that I’ve parented three of my own children. I’ve had my fair share of people from my family of origin to complete strangers who tell me, unsolicited, how to parent, care for and nurture my children the “right” way. Have you had that? I’ve also discovered that there is no such thing as a [...]

An Eleven Year Old’s Commentary on Patience

| November 28, 2012

I was reading the Hobbit with my two older boys and Burian (5) was in the living room squealing because he couldn’t get himself situated in the living room swing, yes, you read correctly. We don’t have a couch, we have a swing. Clayton (8) goes over to help him, comes back. More squeals ensue, [...]

“NO!” Blocks Creativity, how about “What else?”

| November 25, 2012

“No” may be one of the very first words we learn to say as children. We know exactly what we don’t want. We learn to say “no” when someone is hurting us or someone else. “No” can be handy in such instances that give boundaries, but it is sorely overused. I remember my parents and [...]

My Love For You Is Greater Than My Happiness

| November 1, 2012

Here were the facts: We had 10 hens. Half were laying and half were retired (or should be). We agreed 4 needed to leave us this Fall. I had a friend who was looking for a companion for her lonely bantam who was orphaned by a predator. She could care less about the eggs. She [...]