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Meltdown Free Christmas

I love Christmas morning. There really isn’t anything about it that doesn’t appeal to me. I love the smells, music, talking, laughter, tearing paper, picture taking, the lack of routine and the overall chaos tha...

Why?

Why? Life isn’t fair. We’ve heard it since birth and will hear it until we die. It’s a great universal truth, but it doesn’t come with an explanation. Why? Human beings are driven to discover why. We study and e...

It All Counts

One sunny afternoon when I was about seven or eight, I was sitting in the driveway with my very best friend. We sat surrounded by paper in various stages of crumple. We’d been at it for ages and had not been abl...

Loving Through the Trauma: Part 3: Conspicuous Parenting

Has your child ever had a complete meltdown in the middle of the crowded grocery store, or at the air port, or in the school or any other place in which all eyes focused on you, your child, and every single choi...

Loving Through the Trauma Part 2: How do I best love this child?

Much has been written on the best way to express love to another human being. I’m not going to rehash it all here, except to say this: to truly love another is put his or her needs above your own. This means I m...

Loving Through The Trauma: Part One

Loving a child who has survived trauma is different. It isn’t better. It isn’t worse. It’s just different. A trauma survivor comes with a lot of baggage, and you have no idea what’s packed into that baggage. You...

Raising More Than a Garden

From the beginning, my husband and I have had a garden. The first several years, the garden was small, but productive. Eventually, we moved to a property that allowed for a very large garden. The large garden is...

A Load of Perspective

Some years ago we lived in a home with a laundry shoot. I loved it!! The shoot itself was little more than a hole in the floor of the master bedroom closet that dropped directly into a cupboard above the washing...