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25 Reasons Why I’m a Better Mother in the Summer

This is the first summer I’ve actually dreaded. Because it’s the first year I’ve experienced all three kids in school (at least a couple days a week). The lack of schedule and outside stimulus freaked me out. Here’s what I found out though…in certain ways, I’m actually a super cool mom in the summertime. Click on the picture to read a few reasons why in my article for Her View From Home. (P.S. #22 is

Kiddie Pool Digest #1: Have a BEE-autiful World Environment Day

Summer is in full swing and to honor the shorter attentions spans of young and old, I’m launching a Summer Series on Parent.co! What better way to pass the time AND entertain your kids than with videos, songs, and activities that you don’t have to think up yourself? There will be a new one up at the beginning of every week to get you through the hazy days of June and July. To kick it

What a FitBit Would Track If Moms Designed It

I will never own a FitBit. It might destroy me. I have just enough OCD to view each day as an extension of the one before – a staircase descending to self-improvement hell. My nature runs contrary to continual data. After a month, I’d be Forrest Gump-ing it – running across country because my FitBit whispered that I could. I did buy one for my husband though. True to his nature, he let in die

Pretending With Purpose (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #25)

JUDGES 6:11-15 11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to

Picnic in the Garden: Sensory Play and Sensory Foods for the Outdoors

Summer is here and it’s time to get outside. Which is easier than it sounds if you have a kid with sensory issues. But experience is everything and baby steps are key. Just think of it like easing into the pool. The water’s fine once you get used to it. For tips on how to help your child play and eat outdoors, click the picture to read my new article in Parenting Special Needs Magazine.

On Quilting Circles and Cross-Stitch: What Our Hands Remember

I have a theory. The things we now make with our hands are more ethereal than they once were. We text and send ecards into the universe along with our good vibes. Because of that our thoughts skitter in a way they once did not. Like our hands, they are less grounded. Our fingers are not smudged in the morning from creasing the newspaper just so over breakfast. We read on our phones and order

Is It Discrimination? The Reality of ‘Choice Scholarship’ for Kids with Special Needs

I was listening to NPR, as I usually do on my way to pick up my son from preschool before the soundwaves get hijacked by Bubble Guppies DVDs. This is my 15-minute news window, where I fill my head with as many current cultural events as I can before re-entering kid kingdom. I didn’t know what I was getting into that day. That one bout of radio news would send me into a sleepless night

8 Middle-Grade Mystery Series for Your Kid Detective

8 Middle-Grade Mystery Series for Your Kid Detective Years 8 to 12 are golden. These are the elementary years of yore when homework is fun (mostly) and days follow each other in mellow continuity. Hormones lie dormant. Friends come over to play in the backyard until mom calls you for dinner. This is the era I discovered series books. I loved the feel of a book in my hands and a story in my head.

How to Be an American: Smile

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. I’m from the south. The Nashville buckle of the Bible belt in all its glory. We smile. We say hi. We hold doors. However, I’m not always part of the collective “we.” Maybe it was my stint in New York, in a city that squints at an unsolicited smile like, “Hey man, whatever you’re selling, I’m not buying.” Or maybe it’s just me. I walk

The Problem With Work (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #24)

GENESIS 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. COLOSSIANS 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Work. I’ve been thinking about it a great deal lately and this seemed an appropriate topic as everyone will be off celebrating not being at work over the Memorial Day

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