“Later, Honey.”

Okay, I just realized: when it comes to my kids, I have to seriously curtail my use of the word “later.” I’m quite sure that many moms fall into this trap, but it seems especially quick-sand-ish for working moms like me who usually work from home. We seem to be available—we’re sitting in our home Continue »

Where Are You Running?

Sometimes it seems like motherhood is a track-and-field event. We chase kids. We hurtle the conflicts life throws at us. We shot-put our bad attitudes out of our day (or at least try). And we run. We run to our kids’ school, run to the store, run to soccer practice, run to make dinner, and Continue »

Raising Good Conversationalists

Do you sometimes feel embarrassed in front of your friends because your child won’t talk and simply grumbles a “yes” or “no” to an adult’s questions? Do you have trouble getting him to talk? Or do you yourself feel awkward in engaging someone in a conversation? Some skills in the family will be more “caught Continue »

Doing Nothing

A few weeks ago, I called a friend and asked what she was doing. Her breathing was heavy, like she’d run to get the phone. “Nothing. I haven’t gotten anything done today.” Hmm, I thought to myself. She has five children, three dogs, four cats, one horse, and an executive-by-week-rancher-by-weekend hubby. After further probing, she Continue »

The Perfect Schedule

My kids’ laughter met my ears as I rushed into the living room. They sat around the carpeted floor surrounded by Lego blocks. Each of them had a project in various stages of completion. Smiles filled their faces. I glanced at the clock and groaned. My throat tightened and an ache moved to my temples. Continue »