parenting

Talking to Kids About What Easter and Jesus have to do with Chocolate Easter Eggs

Everybody knows Christmas and Easter are the two big Christian holidays.  And everybody knows, apparently, how you are supposed to celebrate the two big Christian holidays. Trees, lights, gifts and all-things-cinnamon for Christmas; and pastel colors and easter egg hunts for easter. Right?? Right. Except that: there’s nothing particularly Christian about all that paraphernalia. If …

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What women want

I’m over at Ungrind again this week. Here’s a sneak peek – click over here to read the whole thing 🙂 I settled down at the table and watched my daughter compose her face in her “now-I-have-something-important-to-say” expression: eyes level, chin down, forehead hopeful. She paused dramatically and in a butter-cream-smooth tone, said: “Mom, if …

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The Sniff Test

Of all the indignities which are visited on us by motherhood, I vote that the sniff test is the worst. You know: that horrid and humiliating practice we moms have of putting our noses way up close to the most gut-lurchingly awful things in order to correctly diagnose a predicament. I have become one of those people.  I …

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