Every year around this time, I start getting bombarded with all these ideas about the little Christmas spy that is Elf on the Shelf. If you aren't familiar with them, I'll just quote their website to give you an idea of what's going on: The Elf on the Shelf® is a fun-filled Christmas tradition that has … Continue reading Elf on the Shelf – No Thanks!
My son Asher is turning 3 in just over a month. While I would love to wax eloquent on all of the amazing reasons my child is an incredible treasure unfolding before my eyes, I find myself preoccupied with a more pressing issue: the birthday party. Now I imagine that one of two things is … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Cheap out on Your Kid’s Birthday Party
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Learn more about that here. I have a very independent toddler. In fact, I think my 2-year-old's favorite phrase is "Asher do it!" but if you know even a little bit about the tiny monsters that we call toddlers, you know that "Asher do it!" often means "Asher attempts … Continue reading Make Your Kid Do That! (7 Chores your Toddler Should be Doing Themselves)
If you have children, you know that they have a tendency to really latch on to something and it becomes obsessive pretty quickly. Sometimes it's a movie (ours was Trolls for a while), a song (We Know The Way from Moana), or a concept (my child gets totally stoked whenever he sees or hears a … Continue reading Are You There Blippi? It’s Me, and I Hate You
My son is six months old! He's the best baby that's ever existed, which I'm sure you know. He's doing all the normal things a six month old should do: putting every possible thing in his mouth, drooling enough to drown a small animal, peeing mid diaper change, getting mad because he can't crawl, accidentally … Continue reading Why is it so hard for parents to believe in God’s unconditional love?
Okay. I'm gonna be honest with you. I had almost half of this post written when I realized it was all wrong. I was going to write a heartfelt confession about my failure to be at peace with life. But then I started grading papers, and it didn't feel like enough to just ignore what … Continue reading Practice makes… practiced. (You are enough)
UPDATE: My baby is now 2½ years old, And I have come to feel differently about many of the things I list here. I wrote this when I was very pregnant and very, very salty. It's still a good laugh though. Related: Make Your Kid Do That! (7 chores your toddler should be doing themselves) Okay … Continue reading 10 Craziest Mom (and baby) Things I Found on the Internet When I Was Pregnant
I've been mulling over this topic for quite some time, but this morning it became increasingly clear to me that I must say something about social media and your kids. Folks, stranger danger is a real thing. And even more real today than it was ten years ago thanks to, you guessed it, the internet. I … Continue reading To the Well-Intentioned but Ignorant Parents of Teenagers