No, Your Kids Aren’t Sociopaths, It’s Just Hanlon’s Razor

Most everyone is familiar with the term Occam’s razor – the assumption that the simplest solution is usually correct. It’s what keeps us from spinning out into every possible scenario and lets us move from one point to the next, solving life’s daily mysteries with logic. If Occam’s razor keeps you logical, Hanlon’s razor keeps you peaceable. In short, Hanlon’s razor reads, “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” In

Gather Round: A Real Family Portrait

Many years ago, before I was a mother, my husband and I strolled around a Norman Rockwell exhibit at the art museum in downtown Nashville. The walls were lined with his visions of the iconic family and also the social events of the time. The genius of Rockwell was that he made you wishful and wistful and also grateful for the family you had. I know you know his famous Thanksgiving picture, with everyone smiling

Goodness Gracious. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #49)

I CORINTHIANS 13:4 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. I PETER 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. So, last week was a test for me, but I didn’t know it. I wanted to say thank

Alexa, What Does It Take to Be Human?

Mattel pulled a much-anticipated and hotly-debated toy recently. Aristotle, a device geared for children anywhere from infancy to adolescence, was set up to be the kid’s version of Alexa. It boasted features such as the ability to soothe a crying baby, teach ABCs, reinforce good manners, play interactive games, and help kids with homework. Marketed as an “all-in-one nursery necessity” on Mattel’s website, it also offered e-commerce functionality that would enable Aristotle to automatically reorder

4 Ways to Make Your Kid a Conscientious Citizen

It is 2000, I’ve just turned 18, and I’m excited to vote in my first presidential election. It’s Gore and Bush, in it until the very end. I watch the debates, register early, and read up on the issues. I ready myself for November. It feels momentous. I’d grown up in a house talking politics – always a one-sided discussion. They were tried and true red, through and through. But my grandparents were all blue

A Note of Thanks. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #48)

ROMANS 1:7-8 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.  It’s November, the month of Thanksgiving and also thanks-giving for all we have and for all God had done in

I’m Grateful for My Infertility

“If it takes a village to raise a child, it can also take one to make one. The fact that I’ve made it to the other side does not mean I’ve forgotten the road that took me here.” And so, I am sharing on Her View From Home and I’m staying thankful as best I can. Click the picture below to read my story. *Thinking out loud.

Lilli de Jong

In her notes on her debut novel, Lilli de Jong, Janet Benton writes, “The difficult work of mothers has long been drastically under-recognized. I wanted to tell a story in which women’s strength was crucial to the world’s surviving and thriving—as it truly is and always has been.” How could I not write about review about a book that is meant to celebrate all our hard work? How can we not cheer along with Benton

On Bravery. (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #47)

1 CHRONICLES 28:20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.   Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a novel of a boy and his father’s search for habitable earth in a cold and dying world, was one of

How I’m Going to Help My Kids Get Through the Armpit of Life That is Adolescence

There are many scientific reasons why adolescence is the worst time in your life, second only to menopause (and maybe even nosing ahead). At least you’re not spending menopause trapped in a confined space with other menopausal people. At least you can take it out on your spouse, kids, and co-workers. At least you’ve got a glass of cabernet at the end of the day to stave off the malaise. Adolescence in the 90s was