3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Parent

I have a theory about the popularity of the hit show This is Us. For me, it is a television show that dives deep into the complexities of parenting. Even with the best of intentions, and a whole lotta love, Jack and Rebecca still got a few things wrong. Yes, even the perfect dad, Jack, madeContinue reading “3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Parent”

Keep the End in Mind

If I were to summarize the best parenting strategy my husband and I committed to it would be this: keep the end in mind. One day — way sooner than you think, your children will grow up. They will move away, build their own careers and families. When you break everything down to the mostContinue reading “Keep the End in Mind”

Challenge the Norm: How My Grandma Lived Her Way

He was a little guy, perhaps around 8 years old with sandy blonde hair that reached his shoulders. His dad was twice his size. Tears fell down the little guy’s cheeks as his dad spanked him hard and yelled something to him about manners. My grandma and I were right outside of Disneyland’s crowed entrance,Continue reading “Challenge the Norm: How My Grandma Lived Her Way”

The Secret to Raising Independent Children

All that friendly advice starts the minute folks discover you’re expecting a baby. I’m more than two decades into this journey, and people still share opinions about how I should parent. “When you’re pregnant, people feel like they can come up and give you unsolicited advice. When I was nine months pregnant, this one womanContinue reading “The Secret to Raising Independent Children”

Live With Integrity

Living with integrity means consistently operating within one’s own value system. Simple, eh? Not so much. The big things are obvious. Keep your promises, hold to your vows, and set priorities accordingly. But then, life and all its pesky annoyances start to wear us down. Eventually, all parents hear something like this: “But, mom youContinue reading “Live With Integrity”