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Is your home full of little ducklings, or wolf pups? strong will Jul 30, 2022

SOME KIDS ARE GENUINELY HARDER.

Why is it so hard for us to admit that, both on a personal and societal level?

I think it is because we have confused "hard" with "bad."

These kids aren't bad. They're glorious. They're just not easy "do it because I said so" kids.

How do you know if you...

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Can we all agree to disagree? empowerment Jul 23, 2022

I saw this post from Adam Grant on Instagram this week and it made my heart happy:

It also reminded me of a school project I heard about once, where the 5th graders had to argue all sides of an argument between a nature conservancy and a logging company. They had to take turns...

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Extraordinary children require extraordinary love.  rise Jul 14, 2022

My first child put me through a lot, but you should know, my first "child" was not human. 

He was a feral husky mix.

In the end, I gave that dog everything, and he gave me more. 

He gave me the gift of knowing that my love had the power to heal: him, me,...

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The real reason parenting exhausts you. HINT: It's not because it's tiring. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Jun 30, 2022

It's no secret that parenting can be exhausting. 

All the caretaking. All the bicker-brokering. All the driving. 

But while all of those can be tiring, they are not what exhaust you. 

 Here is what actually exhausts you:

The worry - You lie awake at night wondering if you are...

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What I used to wonder about my mom. Until I became one myself. Jun 16, 2022

I remember as a kid looking at my mom and thinking “Why is she hurting so much?” Then I grew up and found out. Grown-up life could be genuinely hard. I could love my kids massively and still sometimes hate parenting them.  

But now that it was my turn, I found I simply could...

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Uvalde. How did we get here? And where are we going? May 31, 2022

This is not a post about guns or death. 

This is a post about life. About what it means to bring people into the world and raise them, and the contract of safety that we are forced to rely upon when we put them out into society.

Too many things now threaten the assumed safety of that social...

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Two words that perfectly describe "parenting." Apr 17, 2022

I remember before I became a parent, I asked a close friend with twins to tell me more about what his experience was really like. He paused and thought for a moment and summed it up in one word:

"Relentless."

Wow, I thought. Really?? / What does that even mean/ And is it that bad?

And while my...

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Why I cried over an egg... overwhelm Jan 27, 2022

I cried over an egg the other day. 

Well, there was a bit more to it actually.

In fact, there was so much to it I sat down and wrote a poem after it happened. 

 Read my poem right here and see if you can relate.

Luckily while I felt a bit alone in my kitchen at that moment, in my...

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Is it okay to be happy in a pandemic? for the parents Dec 02, 2020

Is it okay to be happy in the middle of a pandemic?

And what if you're not? 

These are the questions that swirl in my mind on some days as I look at my children and wonder how all of this 2020 life will affect them (and us) for years to come. 

So far, our little family has been able to...

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My kids and I hung out with Al Gore all week. healing Jul 31, 2020

So about a month ago I received an email about a bunch of teenagers who were doing the next Climate Reality Training with Al Gore...

I had three almost simultaneous thoughts:

 1 Wow, those kids are awesome. 

 2 I am decidedly less awesome in...

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2020: The Year We Should Have Seen Coming, in Hindsight for the parents Jul 10, 2020

They say hindsight is 20/20. How incredibly ironic and prophetic it is then, that this year of tumult we are in right now is the year "2020."

...as in the year we should have seen coming, in hindsight. 

Living through all that is happening right now sometimes...

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Our Country is Enraged. That's a Good Thing. trauma Jun 02, 2020

WARNING: Honest, messy thoughts here. I am not going to say here what I am "supposed to say." I am going to speak from my heart. From my personal reality, showing up in total and complete honesty. I am learning. Here in front of you. With you. 

Dear Parents,

I,...

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