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

Backyard Baseball: No More Ghost Runners (Motherhood Hack)

LauraHealthy Living, Motherhood, Motherhood Hacks, Physical Activity

Recently, the kids and I have been playing baseball after lunch. There are only two people on each team, unless I’m wearing the baby in the Bjorn and our 2-year old decides to be my running partner. Then it’s 2 vs. 4, but the team of 2 definitely has the advantage over the bobbling team of 4. Within minutes of … Read More

Kids Laugh A Lot, Too

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Laugh About, Marriage, Motherhood

When our home bubbles over with laughter – and I’m glad to say it often does – we are rich and strong together. The very pillars and foundation of our home are strengthened by our children, who create and share laughter so easily. After all, it’s their mother tongue: they’ve been laughing since before they could speak, or walk, or run.