The Gift of Motherhood

It was Christmas time and my daughter was about three years old. We had made the trip to Grandma’s house to celebrate the holidays. We arrived and were greeted by the loving arms of devoted grandparents. After we said our hello’s and got settled, we went into the living room. In the far corner stood Continue »

Moms Need Encouragement

The other day Eldest and I had a wonderful mother-daughter date … until the drive home. Somehow, reflection on a movie shifted into an argument about laundry, which ended in me screaming, “Listen to me!” Nice one, Mom … I apologized, but my action shattered our fun. We arrived home in icy silence and entered the Continue »

All They Need

“Neenada!” My five-year-old spit out the Russian equivalent of “Stop it!” Now what? I thought. My daughter was having clothing issues again. Pants too loose? Wrong color? Too high in the waist? Too long? Too old? Too new? Her inability to communicate her wants, and my inability to discern her needs, was creating frustration on Continue »