How to Start Decluttering When You’re Overwhelmed

As moms managing young children as well as our households, we are constantly surrounded by the responsibility generated by our stuff. We clean all the clothes and put them away. We grocery shop, and put the food away. We pick up clutter to vacuum the floor. We sort through the mound of shoes to find […]

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How to stop playing the comparison game

I’m lucky enough to live in a townhouse community where I know most of my neighbors, some of whom are colleagues and many of whom are friends. We share a wall with another young family: Missy is a friend of mine, her husband teaches at the same university as my husband, and their two kids […]

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How Playing the Tooth Fairy Made Me Question my Parenting

My six year old son had a milestone moment this week: he lost his first tooth. He’s young for his grade and had looked on for some months as his classmates lost tooth after tooth. So it was with great excitement that he held up his tooth, safe in a tiny plastic treasure chest, to […]

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Jesus, Interrupted: Thoughts on Alone Time

I’d like to think that Jesus was an introvert, just like me. Never mind that he had twelve men always at his side, and that he dealt with crowds on a regular basis. An introvert is someone who draws energy from being alone, and there are a number of occasions when Jesus withdraws to a […]

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Benched: how slowing down can diffuse a tantrum

We hadn’t even stepped inside the zoo yet, and things were already starting to go awry. My sister had checked out the wrong free pass from the library, and the ticket counter lady wouldn’t accept the whaling museum card as admission. We were looking forward to showing our three boys the frisky river otters, but […]

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How to tackle the tasks of motherhood

We were sitting in the teacher’s lounge, day four of my very first week of teaching. I was chatting with Paula, a third grade teacher, who’d been in the business for 20 years. She had three teenage boys at home. “Oh, I remember when all my boys were little,” she told me. “I would drive […]

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