- Elizabeth Smart & the life-threatening danger of shame-based purity culture
- Who is Elizabeth Esther?
- Belts and spatulas: a story of spanking, fear, failure and redemption
- I was spanked as a child and I turned out ok. Didn't I?
- Why we left Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
- A Handy Guide For Dealing With Manipulative People
- The Curvy Girl's Guide to Buying Pants
- Lazy! Flighty! Slobby! Commitment-phobe! (Understanding your ENFP "dark side" and becoming a well-rounded, mature ENFP)
- Good Christian girls don't talk about sex. We just obsess about it.
Category Archives: Parenting–toughest job out there
When Jesus shows up on the morning after our biggest failure, He doesn’t judge, scold or say: “I told you so.” Instead, he cooks some food for us. And then he says, “Come eat breakfast.” It’s been a terrible week. … Continue reading
A new school year, a new teacher and another re-evaluation of how well I’m managing my son’s ADHD. In short, we need to kick it up a notch. One thing we’re considering is the possibility of Dysgraphia–extreme difficulty/deficiency in handwriting. … Continue reading
“What’s wrong?” I ask. “Nothing,” she says. “Come on. What’s wrong?” “Nothing. I’m fine.” “Jewel, there are tears coming out of your EYEBALLS.” “No, there are NOT!” Plop. Plop. (Sound of tears hitting the floor). “Well, OK. You just have … Continue reading
As a mother of five children, you’d think I’d be way on board with this whole “Motherhood Is My Highest Calling” thing. But I’m not. Motherhood is part of my calling, but it’s not the sum total of my entire … Continue reading
A few months ago, I wrote this piece as a guest post for my good friend, Rachel Held Evans. In light of the current discussion regarding “Biblical” child-training, Rachel has graciously agreed to let me re-post it here. Is “breaking … Continue reading
Overnight, my almost-12 year old daughter has decided three things: her mother knows nothing her mother is really kind of lame, and her mother is overweight. Hello, puberty. In the next sentence, though, she would like to know if I … Continue reading
Now, my boys aren’t playing Grand Theft Auto because I’m not OK with them going on gratuitous crime sprees. But my boys do play Call of Duty because I’m fine with them chasing down Nazis. It’s a subtle difference I wouldn’t expect … Continue reading
“Mom, I’m the only one wearing a one-piece,” my oldest daughter told me yesterday after attending a friend’s swim party. “Everyone else is wearing bikinis!” “Did anyone say anything?” I asked. “No.” “I doubt anyone thought you looked weird or … Continue reading
One of my twins–Jorie–loves to paint. Since Christmas, she’s painted her way through multiple painting books. When the painting books were finished, she turned to coloring books and painted her way through those. This past week I timed her to … Continue reading