It’s rare, but sometimes I’m right

"I don't know what's worse, " I whined, a half-drunk glass in my hand, "letting my child fail in order to learn a lesson or making her mad at me for making the right decision on her behalf  to give her a better chance at success." It's a fine line between reality discipline and coddling … Continue reading It’s rare, but sometimes I’m right

Being a parent can suck the life right out of you

"How did it go?" asked DW, his voice meeting me in the darkness. "Today, I don't want to be a parent," I replied, crawling back under the covers. One piece of advice I must never forget was given to me by a MOPS mentor mom. She told me that when making disciplinary choices, the hardest … Continue reading Being a parent can suck the life right out of you

Not all daughters turn into their mothers

My dad is a planner, a list maker, an organizer, a rule regulator and a contract creator. As a kid, I loathed the "family meetings", the inescapable discussions about curfews or "house rules", and the endless lectures if you broke any of those rules. I didn't just push the boundaries, I tried to re-draw them, … Continue reading Not all daughters turn into their mothers