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Slowing Down

I’m officially renaming this winter, “The Season of the Endless Cold.” We’ve been sick almost continuously for about two months, and it has really thrown a wrench in our regular routine. We’re constantly holed up in the house and missing our regular play dates with friends. Our current cold kept us home from yet another play date … Read more

Why Ask Why?

Recently I went grocery shopping with my three year old, and while we were weaving our way up and down the aisles, I was answering a string of questions about what I was looking for and why. I was getting a little impatient with the current line of questioning when I noticed a middle-aged woman further down … Read more

Empathy Through Story

I had two purposes for starting this blog. First, I’m interested in pulling wisdom from a variety of sources to explore what it means to parent with empathy. My other goal is to learn how to instill empathy in our children. I won’t waste time on yet another impassioned speech on the topic, but check out … Read more

Doing the Best They Can

Recently my mom, son, and I spent a weekend in Portland. It’s an annual tradition that I look forward to for months. We always eat a lot of good food, browse our favorite bookstore, and explore new neighborhoods. When my son was younger, we’d find an activity that we knew he’d enjoy, and when he … Read more

The Mistakes We Make

I yelled at my kid today. Like REALLY yelled at him. We were saying goodbye to friends in a parking lot, and my three year old began to walk behind a truck. I yelled, “red light” which is our cue for “stop what you’re doing immediately” and he just kept going. He ran behind the … Read more

The Value of Play

One morning when I was headed to work, my three year old was busy building train tracks. I knelt to say goodbye to him, and in a serious tone he told me, “I’m doing important work too, my work is play.”Why Play MattersPlay is the way children synthesize new information, how they process difficult experiences, … Read more

The Case for Empathy

Ted Van Pelt via Flickr Last fall there was a shooting at a small community college not far from where I live in rural Oregon. Like many people, I was horrified and shocked by the tragedy. I felt outrage at the injustice, but even more so I felt deep sadness. I hope many Americans shared … Read more