Children: Our most valuable natural resource.
For the first nine years of my life, I was an only child. My little sister would be born in the summer of '95, but prior to that, my cousins made up for my lack of sibling companionship. We were all close in age with a five year spread between us. Brandi was the oldest, followed by me, then Cody, and Chelsi was the youngest. We were much more than cousins or even siblings, we were each other's very best friends.
All the Places We Went
There are no photos of the time machine. There couldn't be. In our childhoods, only adults wielded cameras, and there were no adults involved in the crafting of the time machine.
A Special Gift
My Special Gift - John Once upon a time, I ask a special prayer. Not one for myself, but one for my pappa. His brother, Lawrence, had died suddenly and it broke his heart. He said, I am no longer needed, all the boys are grown or gone. My skills are not required to teach. He was a carpenter all his life. I saw him give up. I never had seen him given up in my life.
The Hardest Part of Being a Mother
The very first time that I held my son(s), I looked into those big blue eyes and made a promise to him.....a promise that I couldn't keep.
How do you know what's right?
I have 6 kids. In one of my previous stories, I wrote about fighting to get my oldest 3 back from my abusive ex-husband who currently has custody of them.
Yippee Yi Yo The Third
POW POW POW! PUNCH PUNCH PUNCH! KICK KICK KICK! “Hang her from the ceiling by the wits ends of her little blonde hair strings! I insist!”, screamed my younger sister with strong and playful enthusiasm, as they tighten the cheaply made yarn hair strings to the silver rusted hook that hung from our basement ceiling, that belonged to a five foot tall plush doll, who’s name was Yippee Yi Yo The Third!
Parenting is full of stories of “mistakes.” We yell, we punish, we threaten. AND we feel guilty after we calm down and realize we were triggered and reacted out of a myriad of unchecked emotions.
She'll Walk When She Walks
"She'll walk by Christmas" Lily's educator said it like she was trying to be encouraging. I was just dropping her off, it was 8 am, I hadn't had coffee yet, Lily had pooped on the change table mid diaper change and I was miserable from a stupid diet I was trying and failing at.
The Princess and the Golden Ball
The Princess and the Golden Ball Once there was a beautiful princess who lived with her father in a huge palace. Although the princess was very beautiful she was also very selfish and conceited. The princess always got her own way and the king was often disappointed with his daughter. He was worried that she would grow into a selfish woman and that she would not be a good example to his people.
Bonkers By Kami Bryant When I was five years old, living in Southern California in East L.A., I had a friend named Deanna who had an older sister Gina who was ten years old. When I was five, a ten year old seemed very worldly and wise.
My favorite Christmas gift was from my grandparents. I was six years old and my younger brother was three years old. It was for the both of us.
Is Your Daughter Ready for Makeup?
The truth is that it is hard to raise teenagers, especially girls. They want to grow up so fast, much faster than we want them to. In fact, your daughter may be starting to think about wearing makeup. That being said, you are the parent, so it is up to you when you will allow this. However, it isn't always such an easy decision.