Mom of four, teacher, and writer living the simple life on a buffalo farm. Areas of expertise and interest - parenting, education, literature, intergenerational living, simple living
There seems to be no shortage recently of articles and posts calling for affordable child care and paid maternity leave. Rightly so. Women are nearly 47 percent of the U.S. civilian workforce. Of the 74.6 million women in the workforce, more than 70 percent are mothers of children under 18 years of age, and the productivity of women accounts for nearly a quarter of the GDP. Families and children deserve better options, and the U.S. economy would benefit from more family-friendly policies.
My daughter has spent the better part of the last two years making sure her resume includes a wide variety of activities, volunteer experience, and applicable courses. Together she and I have spent countless hours on everything from college visits to filling out scholarship forms to
shopping for dorm supplies.
It has been challenging, fun, and exhausting. As we near the end of our college preparatio...
Youth sports are a big deal, so parents have a lot to consider when deciding which, if any, sports their kids will play.
When my son came home from school with a black eye, I knew it was a good sign. Rough play is good for kids because it teaches them bravery, toughness, and healthy fear.
It matters what we are called, and a baby's name is a gift to that child. Here some things to consider when choosing a baby name.
25 things that parents of big kids don't have to deal with
It’s my makeshift chapel, my personal path to calm.
The distance between my house and the nearest Wal Mart is exactly two decades of the rosary. From my kids’ school to our home, is ten minutes of thankfulness. And in the hour it takes me to drive to visit my son in college, I can pray and still have a chance to simply enjoy the blessed silence.
Like most moms, I spend a lot of time in my car chauffeuring my kids to school and to various sports, social events and activities. Some days it feel...
Recently some friends and I undertook the virtually impossible task of trying to schedule a get together for our families. Our conversation went something like this…
“How about Thursday night?”
“We can’t baseball.”
“Nope. Soccer. How about the next week? Anyone free Saturday?”
“Sorry. We have a game.”
“We’re out. That’s practice.”
“We’ve got dance.”
We went back and forth like this for several minutes and into the month of July, when finally someone asked the question that we’...
When my children were small, I embraced a fairly laid-back approach to how they dressed. When my son insisted on wearing his motorcycle t-shirt every day, I let him. When my daughter believed the best way to accessorize her sundresses was with snow boots, I went with it. I have taken my children all over town dressed as fairies, cowboys, superheroes, princesses, and wearing every manner of mismatched, seasonally inappropriate outfits they could come up with.
I have always believed in choosing...
I recently read an article in The New York Times entitled Do Millennial Men Want Stay-at-Home Wives? Spoiler alert, the answer is yes.
Well, 58 percent do. Actually, that 58 percent actually refers to all high school seniors—not just the boys. In other words, more than half of all high school seniors, young men and women, dream of a future in which the wife’s primary occupation is caring for her home and children. That is a 16 percent increase over the number of young people who desired the s...
Anyone even remotely familiar with small towns knows that that the biggest event of the year (next to Friday Night Football) is the County Fair. For one week, normally sensible parents forego bedtimes, healthy eating, proper hygiene and a whole lot of money in favor of the carnival life. Every year I look forward to the fair. And every year I dread it.
I have a love/hate relationship with the County Fair.
There is so much to hate about fair rides. For starters, I question their safe...
Hi. It’s me. I know you haven’t heard from me in a while. Okay, since 1978. I’m sorry about that. And I’m sorry about the way things ended between us. That’s partly my fault. I should never have listened to my big brother. After all, he’s the same guy who used to con me out of all my candy cigarettes every Halloween, and he’s the same guy who tried to convince me to take the blame for breaking Mom and Dad’s Fleetwood Mac album.
I never should have stopped sending you letters or vi...
Anyone who lives or works with teenagers knows they can be moody. It’s not uncommon for teens to pull away from parents or to experience brief periods of sadness, anger, or frustration. Sometimes it’s hard for parents to know when they are dealing with normal adolescent behavior or when it’s more serious.
However, a new study by The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that depression in teenagers is on the rise. According to their findings, the number of teenagers who reported suffering fr...