4 New Year’s Goals for Kids

The new year is often a time for reflection and projection.  We take stock of how well we did life in the last 12 months.  We make a list of things we want to change or new things to try.  We are conditioned to do this through years of magazine articles, water-cooler talk, and first-of-the-year sermons. For kids, January 1 is just another day to be out of school.  It means talking their way [Read more...]


Why does it take longer to fold a load of clothes than it does to wash and dry them? Why do my children run and scream like wild trolls in Aldi, but sit on the deck like prim fairies when we get back home? Why do one-year-old babies like to scream between the hours of 4:00 and 6:00 pm while you try to cook dinner? Why does that same child cry uncontrollably until the minute you get the pot pie in [Read more...]

Christmas With the In-Laws

Christmas is a time of joy and celebration.  It is magic and wonder.  It is Hallmark movies and hot chocolate.  It is peppermint-scented candles and Bing Crosby. Christmas can also be manipulation and power struggles.  It can be passive-aggressive comments around the cookie tray.  It can be not-so-subtle gifts that hurt feelings instead of warm hearts.  It can be tears, yelling, silence, [Read more...]