ta-dah!

When my girls were little, I quickly noticed that they based a large percentage of their feelings and reactions on mine.  This was most evident when they were learning to walk.  Anytime they wobbled, tripped, fell down, or even just startled themselves, they immediately looked to my face for a response. If I heeded my… Continue reading ta-dah!

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the kingdom for a cookie

The most beautiful Christmas tree I ever saw was a discard on its way to the dump. It had been a lean Christmas for us, and in the absence of funding for elaborate decorations, my mother built a simple faux fireplace on the main wall of our living room. The mantle allowed just enough room… Continue reading the kingdom for a cookie

pica

Last week, I got a name for a behavior that has long afflicted my youngest daughter.  The behavior is craving and /or consuming substances which are not food - recently it has been crayons and pencil erasers - and the name is pica. Lots of people manifest it, but no one knows exactly what causes… Continue reading pica

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I had a classic parenting moment this weekend.  My ten-year-old came to me with a problem - mean girls - and I spent about half an hour with her explaining the phenomenon.  We covered everything from the art of recognizing knuckleheads in the wild to rooting herself in the knowledge of how God sees her. … Continue reading feedback