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When Her Good News Makes You Feel Bad

Glennon Melton | Posted 03.19.2015 | Women
Glennon Melton

The amazing thing about love and attention and encouragement and grace and success and joy is that these things are infinite. We get a new supply every single morning and so we can give it away all day.

This Is How To Win At Parenting And Life

Glennon Melton | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We think we're somehow being good parents if we beat ourselves up for every mistake. As if guilt and hemming and hawing and self-doubt = LOVE. But one of the many problems with this belief is that this critical voice we use to berate ourselves becomes our kids' internal voice, too.

The One Habit All Successful Women Share

OWN | Posted 10.16.2014 | OWN

You'll start writing that novel -- just as soon as you find the time. You'll go after that promotion -- you're just waiting for the right opportunity....

The Real Meaning Of 'Brave'

Glennon Melton | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We have to teach our children (and ourselves) that caution is often a sign of courage. That often NO is as brave an answer as YES.

The Awkward Parenting Story I Probably Shouldn't Tell

Glennon Melton | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

I do curse, actually. But more like a sailor and less like Paris Hilton. And normally not at my very small, precious, pigtailed children. Maybe AROUND them accidentally -- like when I can't get the front door open or drop something on my toe - but not AT them. Unless they secretly eat my ice cream, of course. But what I'm saying is -- barely ever.

The Conversation That Could Save Your Teen's Life (And Your Own)

Glennon Melton | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

When our kids become adolescents, their world changes so much that sometimes it feels to them that they've landed on a new planet. They are babies in this new complicated world of teen-dom. And so we need to start over, because a more complicated world calls for a more complicated language.

What Not To Do At Your Kid's End Of The Year Performance

Glennon Melton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We want the power to freeze time and we get these devices and we think they are the answer. But they aren't. You can't freeze time. Not even with that device. What's happening is that you are not stopping time -- you're missing it.

Find Out How To Become A 'Warrior Parent'

The Huffington Post | Farah L. Miller | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents

Glennon Doyle Melton first came into our lives two years ago, when she wrote "Don't Carpe Diem," a funny and relatable but also wise and life-changing...

How To Win At The Game Of Bedtime

Glennon Melton | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

I am a Freedom Fighter and I have fought long and hard for my OWN FREEDOM and it is here. Now is the time I raise my mommy arms in the air and breathe deeply and eat cookies alone. My hand is on the child's doorknob. I can see I can feel I can hear I can TASTE those couch cushions.

This Brilliant Math Teacher Has A Formula To Save Kids' Lives

Glennon Melton | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

What Chase's teacher is doing when she sits in her empty classroom studying those lists written with shaky 11-year-old hands -- is SAVING LIVES. I am convinced of it. She is saving lives.

The Questions That Will Save Your Relationships

Glennon Melton | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

If we don't want throwaway answers, we can't ask throwaway questions. A caring question is a key that will unlock a room inside the person you love.

Our Kids Never Asked For Martyrs

Glennon Melton | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

You guys. They want us to be happy. They're not saying: My dream is for my mom to be perfect. Or my dream is for my mom to be thinner or better looking. Just: My dream is for my family and my mommy to be happy.

6 Words From My Son That Blew Me Away

Glennon Melton | Posted 08.17.2013 | Parents
Glennon Melton

But then he said, "Listen, mom. It's okay that you're not perfect. Nobody's perfect. You know, when you're not perfect, I remember that I don't have to be perfect, either. It's a relief sometimes."

Why You Never Need To Feel Lonely As A Mom

Glennon Melton | Posted 08.01.2013 | Parents
Glennon Melton

The work of a mother is repetitive. We fold the clothes, we wash the bowls, and we sing the same song and read the same bedtime story night after night. But that work is our prayer.

Mastering the Mom

Glennon Melton | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Even if we can't stay off all year -- the holidays are a great time to practice jumping off the consumer hamster wheel. To shut it all off and down and look at our blessings, right in the face.

What Every Kid Needs To Know Before Going Back To School

Glennon Melton | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We have The Talk with each child at the start of every school year. Our approach changes, but the story doesn't. The story is always about Adam.

The Best Of The Mom And Dad Blogs This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 06.28.2012 | Parents

This week in Parenthesis, a former bully comes clean, a "free-range" parent stands her ground and a blogger describes the harsh realities of postpartu...

Putting My Kids To Bed: A Game Of Whack-A-Mole

Glennon Melton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

One of the myriad problems with this parenting gig is that they save the hardest part for last. BEDTIME. Bedtime should be in the morning -- when we're fresh and kind and sweet -- and decent parenting still seems like a very real possibility.

The Mother's Day Love Flash Mob

Glennon Melton | Posted 07.09.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We can do no big things, just little things with great love. Each of our offerings will be little but together, they will become great.

Bragging Rights

Glennon Melton | Posted 06.29.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

Craig and I have a steadfast rule -- no bragging to anyone except each other or the grandparents. Basically, our rule means that we keep our mouths shut in public and then we talk in bed about how our kids are better than anyone else's kids in the whole entire world.

The Best Of The Mom And Dad Blogs This Week

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 04.18.2012 | Parents

As Heather Armstrong noted on the Today Show this morning, the parenting blogosphere is a powerful source of shared wisdom and experience for thousand...

Lowering The Bar

Glennon Melton | Posted 06.11.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

In short, I get to be somebody else for a while, a dental nerd in a cardigan with perfectly groomed children and I really enjoy playing that role for an hour or two. On dental mornings I become my own character foil.

For Trayvon: What Parents Need To Learn From This Tragedy

Glennon Melton | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

I am walking down the street with my young son. I am approached by three black boys in hoodies. Am I more afraid than I'd be if I were approached by three white boys with Abercrombie rugbies?

My Best Mommy Moment Ever

Glennon Melton | Posted 05.13.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

And then this brilliant smile broke out on Chase's face that was the smile of a heart recognizing the truth. It was a smile of a promise kept. It was the best smile I have ever seen, on any of my children.

The Only Parenting Advice You Need

Glennon Melton | Posted 04.25.2012 | Parents
Glennon Melton

We have to love ourselves if we want our kids to love themselves. We don't necessarily have to love them more, we have to love ourselves more. We have to be gentle with ourselves.