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.) …

Actually, It DOES Matter How You Give Birth

Whenever people discuss c-sections and natural childbirth, one well-meaning sentiment always rises from the fray: It doesn’t matter how you give birth, as long as baby comes out healthy. I appreciate people wanting to remove the judgment that often surrounds …

When Winter Hits Mount Motherhood

I was going to be the mom who baked cookies. That’s what I pictured when I was a kid. Someday, my children would return home from school each day to a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I’m not …

Dear Dads—Here’s How to Win Valentine’s Day

Dear Dads, I don’t direct my posts to you very often (you sort of fall into the “and More” category), but I thought I’d offer you some last minute Valentine’s Day advice that will knock your wife’s socks off. This is …

Last Minute Surprises for Your Valentine

Last Minute Surprises for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching—it’s less than two weeks away!—and if you’re currently in panic mode about how to make your sweetheart feel special on this momentous occasion, you’re not alone. If you’re trying to put together a Valentine’s Day …

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 …

Be Ground. Be Crumbled. (A New Year’s Resolution)

Well, hi there, 2016! Another new year, another new beginning. I love that “fresh start” feeling that January 1 brings. It always makes me want to join the millions of people making New Year’s resolutions on this day. The problem is …