Tag: raising boys

Tying Heart Strings

Tying Heart Strings

A few weeks ago we had a dilemma to resolve as parents. It was unexpected, as most parenting dilemmas are, and I’m pleased to report that Chuck and I knocked it out of the park. We won’t always be stellar parents, but in this particular moment, […]

A letter to my boys on Inauguration Day

A letter to my boys on Inauguration Day

Dear Jeremy and Jackson, This morning, after your math tests and vocabulary tests, and a quick lecture about staying organized, the three of us sat down to watch Donald Trump’s inauguration. You have been listening to your dad and me talk about the election for […]

When Donald Trump says he doesn’t know those women, I believe him.

When Donald Trump says he doesn’t know those women, I believe him.

Upon hearing or seeing something outrageous from a presidential candidate, I do what everyone else does: I vent to like-minded people so my outrage is effectively validated. The second thing I do is look at the comment/action/gesture through the lens of a woman raising two boys. Then I […]

Wherein I prepare my heart for the next phase

Wherein I prepare my heart for the next phase

I have never been the mother who says things like, “Time slow down!” or “My babies are growing up too fast!” Not once have I felt like time was spinning at an unnatural pace. Part of that has to do with my personality, but I […]

So I decided to show Jeremy the video of Alton Sterling’s death

So I decided to show Jeremy the video of Alton Sterling’s death

I admit, it was a bit impulsive. It was a spur-of-the-moment parenting decision that I did not discuss with Chuck. But there we were, in the car having an old argument on a new day, so I pulled out my phone and opened Twitter. First, […]

Come here. Sit down and look at me.

Come here. Sit down and look at me.

I do this often. I’ll be playing around with my camera, figuring stuff out, and suddenly I need a face in front of me. I’ll call a child, whoever is closest, and he’ll stare at the lens. I click, adjust, click, readjust. My handsome boys, the test […]


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