Parenting through the Middle Years

It was around 4pm on a typical Wednesday afternoon. Efraim, my 6 year old, pulls up a chair next to me at my desk and starts working on his homework. While he’s working on number bonds and 4+2=6, I’m searching Pinterest for “chicken pasta” recipes. About 5 minutes into it he asks, “Mom, do you know what sex is?” My eyes shifts from the computer screen to his mischievous-looking eyes like he knew he said a trigger word. I say something like, “Oh, are you talking about someone’s gender- whether someone is a boy or girl?” Efraim: (Looking puzzled as…

Gilmore Girls: What’s the Big Deal?

Whether you’ve watched the show or not, chances are you’ve heard of it. Gilmore Girls. Just another television show that got lucky- along with the cult-like following to accompany it. Like the current shows, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, they have faithful followers. But there’s something different about the land of Stars Hollow and the Gilmore tribe. Something that has made the show even more popular since the final episode aired back in 2007. What is that something? Well, it could just be the great writing and acting. Or it could be the fine producers and…

Do It Scared

When I was in 2nd grade, my family moved closer to our school. One day, my mom, brothers, and I were walking home together. As we rounded the corner to our street, there was a lion that came out of nowhere, and started running straight toward me! Okay, it wasn’t really a lion, but one of those dogs that look like a lion- orange with a mane around its face. My eight-year-old self saw a lion that was trying to attack me, and I took off running as fast as my little legs could carry me all the way home….

#NotOkay and 2 Things I Can Do

I’m not one to dive into the middle of a headline making story. I tend to leave that to those with much more knowledge and skill than I. But, I can’t stay silent on this one. I just can’t. It’s so much easier for me to avoid the news and turn a blind eye to what’s happening around our nation, but when I find myself doing that, I’m also doing that to those around me- in my home, my neighborhood, and my community. Maybe you’ve been in seclusion, on a silent retreat, or you lost power…