Kindness must be taught. Let’s face it, our kids are “tiny humans” just learning how to do this thing called life. If this momma, who has been around for almost 50 years, still struggles with being kind when others are less than kind or when I’m just plain tired and grouchy, then my “tiny humans”… Continue reading FIND YOUR KIND
He lashed out at me over something silly, a granola bar. He screamed and kicked and said really horrible things to me. His words took my breath away and I walked away for a minute to inhale. Moments later, I walked back in and sat down low, near but not too close. And I waited.… Continue reading Does She Miss Me?
I would bet my life savings on the fact that there is not one parenting book that has a chapter dedicated to how to love and parent your children through the loss of a sibling. It’s not natural, so it’s not something that anyone naturally chooses to prepare for or read up on when they prepare… Continue reading A Safe Place to Fall- Parenting Grieving Children
Hey, Momma! Hey, Daddy! Yes, you, the one who has that beautiful child who has been labeled “medically fragile”. Yes, I’m talking to you today. I know you. I see you. I know what it’s like to rejoice over crazy milestones that many parents may never experience. I know what it’s like to coax my tiny… Continue reading Yes, I’m Talking to You- A Letter to My Friends with Medically Fragile Children
I’ve told you this as you sat at the end of my bed late at night, during kitchen talks with you perched on the counter, and in casual moments hanging out in the Iiving room together; but I’m telling you again. I’m writing it down, because words matter. I want you to read this when… Continue reading To My Children
I couldn’t possibly count the hours this boy was held in the crook of my left arm. Mattie was in the hospital for the first 11 months of his life and then hundreds of other days in the years to come. There were days that all I could do was hold him. And even in… Continue reading His Resting Place
Two years ago I wrote a letter to my son, the week before he was to get married, that began, Son, The day I held you in my arms for the first time, you changed my world forever. You taught me how to be a mother. You taught me how to love more deeply that… Continue reading A Letter To My Son on Father’s Day