Bethany & Daniel Henderson: (Gr)attitude

This year, we’re doing something different. No forcing ourselves to muster platitudes when we really don’t feel like it. No mumbling half-hearted blanket statements. No, this year, we’re acknowledging head-on all that drives us crazy every day. Read more: Thanksgiving, Parenting, Parenting Advice, Modern Parenting, Gratitude, Giving Thanks, Marriage, Work-Life Balance, Work Life Balance, Work-Life, ...

Ann V. Klotz: Keep On Chewing

As Thanksgiving approaches and we prepare to make a family feast, our tenth in the lovely dining room at Lyman House — the home built long ago for one of my predecessors — I think of how it is we landed in this place and of the advice Seth, my husband, gave me once, long ...

Alessandra Macaluso: Blenders, Dreams, Thanksgiving And A ‘Poop-Nado’

My daughter’s entire leg and foot is covered in poop, there’s poop up her back, my arm is covered in poop and my middle finger has a giant poop-nugget on it, and I realize that if I turn it around and point it at myself, that pretty much sums up my current situation. Read more: ...

R.C. Liley: 6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there’s crying and cooing, but unless you’re caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home. Read more: Stay at Home Dads, Stay at Home Mothers, Stay-at-Home Moms, Stay-at-Home ...

Rana Campbell: How “the Accident” Made Me Forever Grateful for My Mother

As an adult, I am now able to understand and process a lot of which wasn’t explained to me as a child. My mother makes me smile. She’s the strongest woman I know. Read more: Mother, Parenting, Thanksgiving, Car Accident, Tragedy, Good News News http://familylifeworks.org/blog

Miranda Gargasz: From the Tooth Fairy: No Elf on the Shelf

“See, the Tooth Fairy has to have another job to support this tooth habit of hers. Wednesdays are the day that she works as a spy for the government. Because she’s so small she can do lots of really important jobs that normal humans can’t, and they pay her very well.” Read more: Tooth Fairy, ...

Covering the Ferguson Verdict Protests, With Kids in the Minivan

Covering the Ferguson Verdict Protests, With Kids in the Minivan
My 5-year-old has become a veteran of the protests I often cover as a journalist, so much so that she has her own explanations. “Did they shoot someone again, Mama?” she asked. “His parents must be very, very sad. It’s like that boy in the…

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Caroline Presno: Selma’s Lorraine Toussaint on Motherhood, a Childhood of ‘Silent, Dark Terror’ and Award Season Buzz

Toussaint’s story is that of a woman who was shut down by a culture, rendered powerless, but finds a way back, and in the end, completely comes into her own. Read more: Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black, Selma, Oprah Winfrey, Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Parenting, Motherhood, Forever 21, Entertainment News http://familylifeworks.org/blog

Stephanie Sprenger: Why I Won’t Be Buying an American Girl Doll This Year

I would have given anything to have intercepted that damn catalog before my over-zealous, eager-to-fit-in second grader got her greedy little hands on it. Read more: Parenting, American Girl Dolls, Holidays, Christmas Gifts, Girls, American Girl, American Girl Doll, Parents-Moms, Daughters, Gifts for Daughters, Holiday Guide 2014, Parents News http://familylifeworks.org/blog