Grace…after the diaper stage

Grace…after the diaper stage

Grace…after the diaper stage

Some days seem picture perfect; most days don’t – especially as a parent.  The reality of the world we live in offers both beauty and struggle to most of our days. Struggle is so often the companion of immaturity in relationships with others. Have you ever noticed that “immature” is only sometimes cute and endearing when children… Continue Reading

I know better than to give my child a smart phone, but I do it anyway.

I know better than to give my child a smart phone, but I do it anyway.

I know; me, too. We’ve read the books and blogs detailing the damage that can result from handing your toddler or young child an iPad.  We know the danger that lurks on the internet; we know the social media cites that are invitations for disaster. We’re smart people.  We know! This isn’t a blogpost offering… Continue Reading

Once upon a time…a story to read to the child in you

Once upon a time…a story to read to the child in you

Once upon a time, a boy lived in a garden with his Father. His Father loved him very much. The Father created beauty and purpose and delight and rest and inspiration and mystery; He gave these good gifts to His boy. The Father spent time with His son; He gave him good work to do. … Continue Reading

The good and evil of summer

The good and evil of summer

Today’s the last day of June; the summer we longed for is a blast – swimming, friends, no alarm mornings, relaxed routines….ahhhhhh, summer!  And if we’re honest, summer is already a struggle, too.   Maybe we liked some things about routine after all.   How do I keep my sanity and get my children to… Continue Reading

Education with new DNA

Education with new DNA

What if there’s more hope than we realize? What if there’s more hope to share than we realize? What if this hope changes everything – including education? I remember clearly the day the world changed for me.  It was almost as if I saw color in the world for the first time – instead of… Continue Reading

“Don’t call me names.” – why it matters

“Don’t call me names.” – why it matters

I don’t think the farmers and scientists who created genetically modified food knew the unintentional chaos it would bring to our health.  I want to think the primary motive was addressing real needs, and possibly ending world hunger. I don’t think the writers and enactors of Public Law 94-142 knew the unintentional struggle it would… Continue Reading

Making Adolescence History

Making Adolescence History

What if?  What if we could make adolescence a chapter in the history books – not the disorder of future generations? What if “adolescence free” helped create an “anxiety free,” “learning disability free,” and “bully free” world? What if an “adolescence free” generation writes the last sentence in the sex-trafficking chapter in world history? Understanding… Continue Reading

The birth of adolescence in American history

The birth of adolescence in American history

When my son was about five years old, he overheard me talking to his older sister – about my neice.   “Can you believe she’s 13 today?” His alarmed response:  “She’s a teenager?!  Can somebody please help her?!” As a young child, he perceived something was about to be very, very wrong. Adolescence hasn’t always… Continue Reading

Prodigal toddlers, teenagers, and parents…welcome home.

Prodigal toddlers, teenagers, and parents…welcome home.

The first Father’s Day gift I ever gave Doug was a significantly large canvas print of Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son.”  He cried; he doesn’t cry very often. Henri Nouwen’s book by the same title had become a treasured journey for both of us in our new relationship.  Henri has a gift for holding… Continue Reading

Mistakes – why our traditional educational approach may not be helpful

Mistakes – why our traditional educational approach may not be helpful

If you’re intrigued by the title, and want a “short walk” – scroll down to bold #3.  Enjoy it all when you have the time. Our youngest grand baby is walking!  Everywhere!  We’ve seen it happen before – and it’s still such a celebration. Together, Doug and I share five children and thirteen grandchildren.  Some… Continue Reading