A calm mom. This is what I strive to be. A calm person for my children. A space of quiet and peace in an otherwise busy and often chaotic world. The word strive above is very important, because goodness knows sometimes it is just so hard. Long, long ago when […]

Three Things I Do That Make Me a Calm Mom

“Raising kids who don’t turn into (expletives) as adults,” Fenton maintains. Fair enough. We’ve definitely reached our (expletives) quota here on Earth. But I think it’s possible to raise good people without being mean to them. There are a thousand gradations between “mean” and “cool,” and setting them up as […]

In Defense of Nice Moms

My oldest came to my room after bedtime and said, “Caroline keeps saying she needs you.” I went upstairs and looked at my sweet little one, who is now four, curled up under her covers peacefully. I said, “Do you need me?” She nodded. I knelt down, crawled into bed […]

Maybe Your Two-Year Old Just Needs You

Dear kids, Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I see that you’ve grown over night. Your face is more defined, your eyes look older. A part of me is excited and in awe; I know you have so much ahead of you. Another part is scared because time is […]

Dear Kids, When I Fail….