To Kill a Mockingbird has topped my favorite book list since I first read it as a sophomore in high school. Whether it was the charming town of Maycomb, the eccentric characters, or the deep ethical issues that drew me in, I really can't say.
I guess I just hate handing over the reigns of my kids to someone or something else. But at the same time, I am also out of ideas of how to entertain all of us and how to keep one step ahead of FEMA declaring my home a disaster site.
While parenting is big, important work, that doesn't mean that it has to be a "mysterious" or "complicated" process. Live these "simple truths" as consistently as you can, and you -- and your kids -- are likely to be on the right track.
With all the excitement about Pope Francis's upcoming visit to Philadelphia, I've been thinking about my own family, hoping that I'm on the right path. And this is what I realized: that most of us have two types of personalities inside us and the only way to balance them is through God.
Your child may face a calm re-entry to the school year, or may be distressed to find himself in very unfamiliar, and unhappy, territory. Your child may look to you for comfort and support; how are you going to handle your role?
School is an actual, legitimate rite of passage. You buy the lunchbox, the backpack, the new shoes and the socks that aren't brown on the bottom. You get their hair cut. You talk to them about rules and listening. And then you let them go. Or you try.
Do I want my daughter to go through her life tentatively or tenaciously? Am I teaching her to be timid or to be bold? Do I want my daughter to walk through life, or do I really want her to run?
No matter how well adjusted parents and children are, the start of the school year is a time of high stress. Take the transition in stride and you and your children will have a much easier time with it.
Life is about more than "just add water" and "heat and serve." We don't need to rely on a processing industry to eat, and we don't need to condemn our children to lives as constrained and skill-less dependents.
It is this misplaced view of education that is leading society astray. Education is not tests. It is not essays. It is knowledge. And it is important.
"I think the most important part of writing compelling characters is empathizing with each one in one way or another, even if it's not the most obvious way."
photo by Jan Vašek at stocksnap.io We stopped by my mom's house after school. The sky was cloudy and the air crisp. I crossed my arms against my c...
Even if experts agree that a 4-year-old shouldn't be using a pacifier, that doesn't preclude the general public from minding its own business.
I hate homework because it brings out that side of me I swore I'd never be as a parent. It brings out nothing but ambivalence in me as I do the dance of balancing involvement or support with trying to teach my child accountability, autonomy and self-discipline while still have him excel in all that he does.
Tomorrow, when the last one goes to college, I will leave the dorm room when she tells me it's time and I will kiss her glowing face goodbye, and then my husband and I will go home to the dog. And then, I'm absolutely sure, I will cry for a while.
Looking back 10 years, I've realized that I've hardly changed at all, but my outlook on life and my attitude has. When I consider what's brought about these dramatic changes from my 20s to my 30s, I see one common denominator. My second, and current, and hopefully last husband.