Teaching Our children to Love Their Bodies

So much of my younger life, I learned that my value was connected to what I looked like—particularly my weight.  I remember so often hearing things like, “so-and-so looks like she’s lost weight, gained weight,” “she looks good,” “Wow, she’s put on some pounds…”...
First Kiss…. Lost

First Kiss…. Lost

How many of us remember our first kiss? Not the “boys chase girls/girls chase boys” elementary playground kisses coupled with giggles and dares, and spitting out the “cooties” afterward, but the excitement-building, “will you meet me after school” hand-written note...

For Our Daughters…

A letter to a young girl, in the midst of becoming a young woman. ____________________________________________________________ I believe there is a power that women hold, that is as old as the earth itself, and is never ending.  It is passed through the lifeblood of...

A Wounded Nation

Politics, to me, look a lot like an intimate relationship–maybe it’s just the lens through which I see… (so many things!) It does stand to reason, though, that opposites “attract,” in a sense; that really, we can’t have one without the...

Five Ways to Get Stinky Kids

My kids stink, today anyway. They smell like sweat, dirt, grime; the kind of kid-smell that says they’ve been running hard, playing rough, non-stop all-day-long kind of playing. They smell like kids are supposed to smell. Kids don’t smell nearly dirty enough these...

Honesty From the Inside Out: A 1-2-3 on How to Equip Our Children

My kids and I have a lot of long talks. We talk about things like who we want to be in the world, friendships, differences in beliefs and religions, personal responsibility, diversity, and qualities that are important to us. I love hearing their innocent and naturally...