Category Archives: Parent Stories

A Separate Life: Thoughts About an Empty Nest

About nineteen years ago, I had a revelation. My youngest son was newly born, and my husband watched him so I could take my first outdoor walk postpartum. I loved my walks. In fact, these walks became a lifeline. I’d taken many … Continue reading

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When Things Heat Up (and Expose the Monsters)

My husband doesn’t even know this happened yet, so why not share it on the World Wide Web? I caught my gas cook stove on fire last night. Here’s how it went down: It was too late to cook, but … Continue reading

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One Tiny Basketball Lesson

My son plays basketball. As a parent, I want him to do well. And I have opinions as to how that should happen. 😀 In the past, I prayed specific, self-serving prayers about my children’s sports involvement and other activities. … Continue reading

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For Brandon, Who Did the Right Thing

Once there was a mom, who went for the American Dream.  She had a good job, and she did well.  She drove a Mercedes-Benz. The mom sometimes traveled for her job, and one day, at the pinnacle of her success, … Continue reading

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You Win Some and You Lose Some, and in the End…

It’s all GOOD. We had a wedding this past weekend.  There were flowers. (Thank you, Casey.) There was exhaustion, too. There was quiet moment when the groom, newly-graduated with his music degree, played the bridal procession he had written especially … Continue reading

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R-E-S-PE-C-T (and the Scene at the Fence)

“I used to belt out the words to that Aretha Franklin classic in the pre-dawn while throwing a paper route for extra money. Little did I know how important the concept of respect would be in my family relationships.” (From … Continue reading

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Lazy Parents, Unite!

If I’m going to be honest, I have to admit that I’m a lazy parent. Here is how that looks: My 12-year-old son has a reputation for being a poor worker, but that’s because I was too lazy to teach … Continue reading

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