Relationships

“The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give You…”

Many summers ago when my daughter was expecting her third baby she asked me to gather a group of wise and beloved women together for a Blessingway, an alternative to a shower that focuses less on gifts and more on the mother-to-be. Blessingways help the mother prepare emotionally and spiritually for birth with the female […]

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids

Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]

On Raising Great Kids: An Ode to Strangers

By Nancy Blakey One day, when the kids were little and filled with a pre-school vision of the world, we picked up my mother at the airport.  I had a baby on my back, two toddlers by the hand and my five-year-old daughter steering the way through the crowds.  We turned a corner to a […]

A Measure of Work

I’ve worked hard in my life. I’ve been what you could call poor. I never went hungry or without shoes, but I’ve been poor enough as a child to consider a Barbie doll an uncommonly generous gift, and new shoes a real splurge. I’m not poor anymore, but those lean years have added something to […]

How to Combat Bullying: It Begins at Home

   By Paula Solis Krock Earlier this week I shared with you about the great Emily Post and The Post’s legacy of the Golden Rule; Be the person you want your child to be. (The Emily Post Institute, 2017) I polled friends and colleagues and came up with the top three things we wanted our […]

Life as Plan B

I was at the kitchen table writing when our 4-year-old son appeared from his nap smiling sheepishly. “Ben! You cut your hair!” I tried not to scream. He had taken the scissors from an earlier project to bed with him and gave himself a magnificent reverse Mohawk—all the hair on top of his beautiful blonde […]

Learn to Let Go

What is good parenting? What is the good life? Picking your battles for one–with your child, your partner, at work, in your inner life. The reality is we worry about the wrong things—stranger danger, tornadoes, terrorists—when the real threats to our lives are under the kitchen sink for toddlers, in the car driving to work, […]

An Easy and A Hard Way to Travel with Kids

One day many years ago I was listening to NPR when a fascinating piece came on about zebras. Even though their distinctive stripes make them stand out on the African plain individually, collectively their patterns merge, making it difficult for a predator to visually isolate just one and pick it from the herd. Alone they […]

The Best Father’s Day Gift: Romance

It was Father’s Day in Bristol Bay Alaska. The boys were fighting over who got to use the four-wheeler first, there was a parade of fishermen through the house, and my husband was buried in tasks. He looked tired as the salmon season began to unfold for our processing company. What Father’s Day? “Could I […]

The Rich World of Kinship: 10 Ways to Grow Human Connection

Look at the sweet faces of children in front of a screen—vacant-eyed, passive, disengaged. Okay, so the truth is we need that quiet passivity at times to get things done–to draw a breath or flip a pancake, or return an email, but there are greater things waiting to happen. Turn off the technology. It can […]

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