Parent with Intention

How This Snowy Owl Is Bringing Us a New Kind of Santa

My kids believe in Santa--but not in the traditional way. Santa is not watching my children. Nor is the Elf on the Shelf hanging out waiting to tattle on them for bad behavior. There is no naughty-and-nice-list. This year, we are going light on the "getting" and heavy on the "giving". But even though Santa isn't making a ...

Back When I Used to Be Pretty

Y'all, I turned 33 yesterday. I am pretty sure I woke up with at least six new wrinkles. But I also woke up thinking about a recent chat I had. A couple of times per month I have a woman come in to help clean my house. I am thankful for help--Lord knows I need ...

The Battle with the Inner-Helicopter Mom

I want to be a "free range parent". But the reality is, I have a Helicopter Mom inside me that is dying to get out. I am in a constant battle to “push her down”. Every obstacle that my toddler climbs, she wants to hold his hand. Each piece of food my baby eats, she ...

Why I am Feeding my Kid More Peanut Butter and Jelly

There has been a lot of magic happening in our house the past few weeks. Particularly at lunch time. Prior to this fall, my toddler has always helped me prepare lunch. However, when he went back to school a few weeks ago we have somehow fallen into a newroutine. Everyday I pick him up and ...

How to Really Tick off a Toddler

On Saturday morning the toddler was dying to go to Home Depot with his dad. He was so excited. Being new potty-trained, I overheard my husband tell him,"you can't go with me unless you go potty first". This made him melt. He ran around in circles screaming toddler-appropriate obscenities about how he was not going ...

Why my Kid Doesn't Listen to Me

Last week the toddler dumped his glass of water on the table. As I reached for a cloth to clean it up, he screamed--"look Mama, a lemon!" To which I responded, "Um no, that's just spilled water". But he still demanded, "no, it's a lemon". I looked again. The puddle of water had formed into ...