Simplifying Christmas

I love Christmas. I’m the lady who starts listening to Christmas carols on November 1st, and we’re putting up the tree Thanksgiving weekend. I love the season, the food, the music, the traditions. But none of that compares to experiencing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of my five-year-old son. Christmas as a parent … Read more

I Don’t Want to Be a Mom Today

I know it goes so fast, and someday I will miss the patter of small feet careening through my kitchen. One day my house will be too quiet and I will give anything to read one more book or tell one more story. There will come a day when I will ache for tiny arms around my neck and sticky hands cradling my face. I’ll miss adoring eyes and a tiny voice whispering, “Mama.” I know all of that. Some days I really feel it, and I drink in all the sensations that will slip away in the blink of […]

4 Strategies for Surviving Summer

The signs that summer vacation is approaching are all around us. Rules are becoming a bit more lax as the end of the school year slowly draws near. The rushed mornings of frantically packing lunches and looking for missing shoes are numbered, and the structure we established in September has long since been abandoned. There are more field trips, and homework feels like less of a priority to everyone as the  general interest in school wanes.  If we plan to stay home with our kids over t […]

Let Them Be Young

“It goes so fast.” We hear it each time we’re attempting to distract a tantruming toddler in the checkout line in Target or comfort a crying baby in the middle of a restaurant. A nostalgic middle-aged person will watch us and whisper wistfully, “Cherish these moments. They go so fast.”We’re becoming more honest about how … Read more