I have an infatuation with books. I spend most of my time adventuring with my two sons. I enjoy dipping my fries into my frosty.
How to Raise Kids Who Love to Read
I don't think I need to go into detail about how important reading is to developing children. The research is out there in heaps. For starters, fostering a love of reading creates strong critical thinking skills, better concentration, and can really give them confidence in school.
My husband and I have been together for nearly ten years. Being that I am 30, this means that I have been with him for a third of my life. People say the honeymoon phase wears off, and I am honestly so thankful that it does. Sure, it is fun to have something new and exciting with all the shiny bells and whistles. New relationships are like chandeliers that catch all the light and throw it around the room, but a good marriage is like your favorite comfy chair: It is the place you fall into and feel safe. That one place where you are truly yourself with all your flaws and quirks. I am so happy to be married.
This was a day the Lord hath made, and I'm sure there was a reason, but I can't forgive Him, though I should have known, Winter is the cruelest of seasons.
How to Survive Being a SAHM
There seems to be an idealized view of what it's like to be a stay at home mom. We wake up for homemade breakfasts of fun shaped pancakes topped with healthy fruit that our children devour with glee. We take picnics at the park with whole wheat bread. We share giggles under blanket forts. Maybe we do a lot of these things, but we also have plenty of work as well. There's a reason daycare is so expensive—kids take a lot of work throughout the day!
Hosting for the Holidays
It's a time of joy, love and family. All the ads say it's the happiest time of the year, but if you are hosting the holidays it can also be incredibly stressful. Here are some helpful hints to get you through this season.
Top 5 Ways to Raise Thinkers
One of the most important things to me as a parent is raising critical thinkers. I want them to say the layers beneath and the reasons why things are the way they are. It isn't just a rainbow to us, it is sunlight refracting from the moisture in the air.
Madmen in the Dark
When she snuck out of the house tonight to meet him, she was all adrenaline. Now, waiting under the street lamp, she felt the fear she wished would have befallen her earlier. The street was so dark outside the circle of light — her protection. It is hard to believe that with all the wits adults claimed she had, she would ever be seen standing alone on this quiet empty street so late at night. A shiver ran through her — in her hyper rush to leave, she did not think about the sun stealing its warmth with its travels. And to make it worse… he was late. How long was she supposed to wait for him before she went tail-tucked back home? Was any guy worth this? Even Paul? She closed her eyes and imagined his face. Such perfect blue eyes and the sharp curve of his jaw… She could stay a little while longer perhaps. If his face couldn’t convince her, the thought of making the walk back to her apartment alone would.
Top Ten Ways to Shake Up Your Week as a Parent
I think all parents at some point hit a rut. Life becomes this endless rotation of to-do lists. We switch to auto-pilot and forget just how fun being a parent can be. I understand it is hard, believe me, I know what a midnight cry over ice cream feels like.