What Worked for Me in 2018

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Tea Leaf Branch at Flickr.com Morning routine. I finally broke the habit of starting the day with the Internet and my devices. I instituted a new morning routine: at least thirty minutes of reading before I can pick up my phone or laptop. I read many more books this year, and I…

Celebrate: Slice of Life Story Challenge

I’ve done it. I’ve finally done it. I just signed up to participate in the Slice of Life Storytelling Challenge at Two Writing Teachers. I’ve thought about participating for years. Last year, I even signed up to be a Welcome Wagon volunteer and commented daily on several new slicers’ posts for the whole month. I…

5 Things I Loved About Last Week #celebratelu

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week. It’s been a messy week. Big feelings. Lots of sad. Even more mad. We didn’t even manage to get a family Christmas photo. When we’ve had moments of calm and even happiness, I haven’t wanted…

Screen-Free Saturdays #celebratelu

Visit Ruth Ayres Writes to participate in this weekly celebration. Yesterday, I was ruminating on one of my perennial favorite topics for rumination and parental self-flagellation: too much screen time. I’m not going to confess how many hours every week my son spends watching TV and playing video games, but let’s just say it’s a…

Celebrate: #NCTE15

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week. And what positives there are! I’m in Minneapolis at #NCTE15, and here are just a few of the good things I’m celebrating. Conversation. The drive from western South Dakota was long (nearly 11 hours!),…

Celebrate: Outcrazying the Crazy #celebratelu

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration at her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week. This week I’m celebrating my very favorite therapeutic parenting technique, outcrazying the crazy. It’s a technique I used a lot two or three years ago, but I haven’t used it recently. To be honest,…

Celebrate: Breakthroughs #celebratelu

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week. I used to think parenting trauma was like playing Whack-a-Mole, the carnival game where moles pop up through holes and you’re supposed to pound them with a club. You frantically pound and pound as…

Celebrate: Blowing Things Up #celebratelu

Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week. I have many fine and necessary qualities as a parent, but fun isn’t one of them. I have to strive for fun. Strive to the point where I’m not fun anymore. Partly it’s a…