Dear World: My Heart is Big Enough

We cannot let ourselves become angry or bitter because we see someone trying to do their part. A person is not a hypocrite for deciding to speak out or support a cause that motivates him to act. It is okay for different people to have certain burdens on their heart ....more

Lies About Parenting — Guest Post About Dinner Time Dilemma

And then I started digging deeper and realized it's not so much about dinner as it is about dishing. Family dinner time is often the only time families are spending together, which is why it is so important. Spending time together ....more

How to Show Your Daughter She Can Be Anything She Wants

Because the truth is, I feel guilty too. I wonder if I am the best example to my kids at times, if I am demonstrating girl-power. I am comfortable if they choose to follow my path, but I don’t want them to do it out of fear or resignation ....more

What Really Scares Me About Social Media

I am the first to admit that I rolled my eyes at this story. Here it is, yet again, a bunch of girls more obsessed with taking a selfie than interacting with the real world. But then something stopped me dead in my tracks ....more

3 Ways I’m Changing My Daughters’ Measurements

But as my girls grow up, I am seeing there are more and more measurements that can bring them down. And I’m finding the best defense is a good offense, so here are three measurements I'm talking about with my girls: The post 3 Ways I’m Changing My Daughters’ Measurements appeared first on Playdates on Fridays ....more

When I Got Called Out on the Internet

The woman who wrote the article lambasted me from the get-go. She called me out by name. In fact, she actually called me a few names ....more

The Day I Let My Daughter Quit

I made a deal with myself. She didn’t have to do it next year, but she had to finish what she started. I did not want to raise a quitter ....more

To Interfere or Not Interfere — That is the Question

There seems to be a major divide when it comes to interfering on your child's behalf when it comes to their relationships. Some people look at it in a positive way -- tweens and young teens do not have the emotional intelligence to deal with some of these issues, so when possible, it can be effective for all involved to sit down together and hash things out. And even when the issue is a misunderstanding -- and especially if there was an established friendship between families -- you let the other person know that their feelings matter and you exemplify how two people can resolve conflict in a peaceful and mature way ....more

We All Face the Same Parenting Potholes

What I learned that evening, is that as parents we’re all headed to the same destination, but we take different vehicles to get there. And no matter what we drive, we're all going to face the same parenting pot holes. The post We All Face the Same Parenting Potholes appeared first on Playdates on Fridays ....more

I Am Sad Before It Even Begins

I am unsure why this particular outing causes me to choke back tears, paralyzing me in the moment. I have watched my twin daughters ride to their various friends’ houses all summer without significance. But this Friday is the last one before fifth grade starts ....more