The Balloon Text

The Balloon Text

“This is actually not a negotiation,” I say for the second time as my seven-year-old daughter, Wren, looks up at me in shock. “So I can go, but I can’t spend the night?” “Or you can choose not to go at all. Your call,” I answer, trying for a smile that is both kind...
Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Death

Talking to Your Kids About Sex and Death

Every parent knows that there’s an inordinate amount of time in the summer spent with the kids. Times to be treasured: pool time, family reunions, and outings to favorite places. And with those times, comes the hours and hours of time to converse with your kids....
Life Without Shadows

Life Without Shadows

“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” There are sometimes that I think that I’ll never make it through.  That the days are just filled with too many things, and too little time.  To quote Bilbo Baggins (Yep, totally...
Dad’s Role Isn’t To Help With The Kids

Dad’s Role Isn’t To Help With The Kids

We need to crush the idea that dad needs to “help” with the baby. I’ve heard this many times, I’ve been TOLD this many times: “tell your husband to help you with your baby”. In my case, the context in which it was said was after spending two weeks with my...
The World Spins

The World Spins

This journey is beyond my control. I crawled across the living room and almost made it to the bathroom before collapsing in the hall. Upon seeing me go prone, my eldest daughter grabbed a bowl of fruit and started passing out breakfast to her three younger siblings....