What Parents of Teens Need to Know About Tinder

The story of Nicole Madison Lovell, the 13-year-old Virginia girl who was murdered by people she met on social media, renewed many parents’ fears of raising kids in the technological age. We hope that our kids will be smart, we educate them about …

There's no rush to grow up, and a lot of kids want to hold onto their childhoods while they can. We can't and shouldn't shelter kids from everything, but we can and should protect childhood.

Letting Childhood Linger in a World that Rushes Adulthood

My 11-year-old daughter plops down next to me on the couch, curling her legs up into a ball. She says nothing, but her furrowed brow makes it clear something is bothering her. “What the matter?” I ask, praying it’s not something horrible. (I always pray it’s not something horrible.) …

Motherhood and the Search for the Holy Grail

When our first daughter was a baby (14 years ago—WUH?), I was ready to rock motherhood. I was going to be an AWESOME mom. I imagined I would stand high on the mountain of motherhood, plunge my victory flag into the soil, and spend my days in …

Someday There Will Be Silence

Someday There Will Be Silence

Lately I feel myself teetering between two worlds—lamenting how VERY LOUD my young kids can be, while seeing into the quiet near future with my eldest. So I wrote this as a reminder not to wish away the noisy days (and nights) too quickly.  Someday …

I Didn’t Have Children to Make Myself Happy

A new study made waves online this week, describing how having a first child makes parents more unhappy than divorce, unemployment, or even the death of a spouse. My first thought upon reading about the study was, “Huh. Interesting.” My second thought …

Parenting Off Paper

Parenting Off Paper

3:30 a.m. A mother’s voice shakes as she hums, pulling the swaddling blanket tighter around her baby. That’s got to be too tight, she thinks. The Book says swaddling tightly will calm him down. Baby wails and kicks against the blanket. It just …