Beauty in the Chaos: Free Printable for Every Mama

If this resonates with you, I’d love for you to have it. I created this as a free gift for participants of a parenting telesummit I was going to be interviewed for today. But as I read the fine print of the contract last night, I saw that the organizer only...

angels in the outfield, giving kids wings

These pictures put such a lump in my throat, seeing all the love & laughter for and from my little guy – with grownups who don’t have to be but want to be part of his life. So much joy. My dad, a pioneer in the field of positive youth development,...

graduation: let’s not forget the parents

(new in the shop: graduation card for parents) It’s happening again. We’re starting to receive invitations to graduation parties: unofficially required ‘open houses’ with balloons and brownies and photo collages to celebrate neighbor kids,...

honoring the hard parts

Over the past several weeks, I have written this post a million times in my head. But I’ve avoided writing it…not sure how to say it, embarrassed by my hesitancy, wrestling with how it might come across. My baby turned five last week. FIVE. Yesterday, I...

my letter to nicki minaj

the 2013 american idol judges :: michael becker / foxDear Nicki Minaj, I just wanted to send a note of thanks to you for all the ways you’re helping me teach my 10-year-old about respect and responsibility. As a judge on this season’s American Idol, your...

inside my mama heart: why i’m a mess

Do you remember this classic scene from Parenthood? One of my all-time faves. I was 15 when the movie came out and remember laughing so hard. But I thought it was over-the-top; that the little girl throwing up all over Steve Martin was just done for comedy’s...
happy first birthday…mama

happy first birthday…mama

Last night, as I snuggled in next to Ryder as he read aloud his bedtime story, I studied him carefully, looking for signs of the little boy who graced our lives nearly a decade ago. What happened to me reading to him!? How did his feet get bigger than mine? When did...
Back To School Cool {Feeling Groovy}

Back To School Cool {Feeling Groovy}

Get a load of this kid. Can you even handle the color coordination, from the shoes to the necklace!? It’s not my doing – I promise. He has been dictating his wardrobe, concerned with every little detail and color combo, since he could talk. He goes through...

Imagination Movers {Why I’m Crying Happy Tears}

Once upon a time, a creative girl married a creative boy. They were always imagining wonderful things – sharing ideas, playing silly games, asking big questions, and envisioning their future. Along came a precious baby boy and he, too, had a giant imagination....
A Beautiful Mind. A Beautiful Moment.

A Beautiful Mind. A Beautiful Moment.

The other day, while going through my dad’s old notes to prepare for this, I found these words he’d scribbled on a little pink post-it: “Thriving kids have a look – a demeanor – like when flowers stretch out to meet the sun. A vibrancy,...

The One Thing My Kids Need To Know

“If you could teach your kids only one thing, what would it be?” I heard someone ask this question the other day, and it sent my mind racing. In the blur of a typical day, it feels like I’m trying to teach my boys a million little things {which...