Five Experiences EVERY Kid Should Have

I have now earned the moniker "adventure momma." Last year, I took my dear friend's daughter (then eight) on a zip line/aerial course with the promise that, if she enjoyed herself, it would become an annual occurrence. She enjoyed herself. This year, when I presented her with the option of again doing the "kid" course … Continue reading Five Experiences EVERY Kid Should Have

We Don’t Talk About That

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It usually starts in childhood. The son learns to play the clown whenever the topic of conversation begins to make his father uncomfortable. The daughter of divorced parents learns that mentioning the other parent has a tendency to end in tears, so it's better to simply keep quiet. At school, any mention of financial struggles … Continue reading We Don’t Talk About That

The Perks and Problems of Being an Only Child

I just saw a former student from a few years back. "How are you?" I inquired, looking at the almost-adult in front of me. "Great," she replied, "I just got my license today!" "Awesome! That's got to be a little freaky to have your first day driving on such a stormy day." "That's why I … Continue reading The Perks and Problems of Being an Only Child

Guest Post: How I Told My Kids We Were Getting Divorced

For many people, the most difficult part about divorce is the impact on the kids. And this starts on the day that you tell them about the divorce. Author L.J. Burke shares his story and surprising revelation about the day his kids were told about their parent's divorce.  How I Told My Kids We Were … Continue reading Guest Post: How I Told My Kids We Were Getting Divorced

Planning On Being a Stay-At-Home Parent? Make Sure You Consider THIS First!

Brock and I recently finished watching the series Boardwalk Empire, which takes place in the Prohibition-era United States. After watching one heart-breaking scene with a woman and her kids, Brock turned to me. "It's so sad how women were trapped in bad marriages or devastated when their husbands left or died back then because of … Continue reading Planning On Being a Stay-At-Home Parent? Make Sure You Consider THIS First!