5 Simple Choices for Postpartum Well-Being

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks2 Comments

My postpartum experience had gotten progressively worse with each baby: increasing in depression each time. The worst was when I experienced unusual fear, paranoia, and disturbing thoughts after having our fourth child. So when I found out I was pregnant with Baby #5, I knew I had my work cut out for me. With five children relying on me, I … Read More

What It Takes to Float: Motherhood

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It recently dawned on me that I have no regular obligations outside of motherhood. For the first time in my life, I have nothing extra on the calendar: no weekly Bible study, no music team practice, no book club, no monthly homeschooling co-op, no boot camp class at the YMCA, no writing obligations, no teaching dates, nothing. This has happened gradually as … Read More

All I Want for our Children

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

While we simplify our homeschooling schedule to make way for lots of Christmas preparation and celebration, I’ve taken some extra time to read, pray, and think about our day-to-day lives. Heading into the new year, I’m asking, “What adjustments do we need to make here at home? Specifically, what do we want for our children?” I’ve been looking closely at … Read More

Dear Fathers and Mothers: You’re Hired.

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood

In these uncertain economic times, you may wonder if your employer will retain you, if you are valuable enough to stay on the payroll. Today, focus on this: you’re hired to do one of civilization’s most important tasks and you are irreplaceable. As a father or mother, your job of loving and teaching your children is vital to their well-being … Read More

This Month’s Bibliography: Fortresses, Hip Circles, and Hot Cocoa

Laura"This Month's Bibliography", All Posts, Homeschooling, Morning Time, Motherhood

Just as a bibliography lists the works that developed a piece of writing, this post will list some of the things that are enriching and informing my life this month. I hope you discover something in this collection that is helpful to you and becomes a part of your bibliography, too. After you’ve read this post, would you share a … Read More

We Changed the Way We Talk About Sex with Our Kids

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Learning at Home, Motherhood

We have the opportunity to establish a foundation around the word “sex” that is full of goodness, truth, beauty, strength, dignity, and gratitude long before the world has the opportunity to offer its cheap, degrading, and unstable perversion of it. I want to make the most of our opportunity as parents, but I haven’t quite known how to do it.

A Boy’s Thought Life: It’s Like a Race Car Track

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks

When it comes to teaching our children how to manage their emotions, I’ve always appreciated Rachel Jankovic’s helpful comparison: emotions are like a horse. I think it’s in her helpful book Loving the Little Years that Jankovic writes about teaching her daughters that their emotions are like a horse they’ve been given to ride along a mountain ridge. They must control and … Read More