50 Things I’m Glad I Did Raising Boys

50 Things I’m Glad I Did Raising Boys

My oldest son is leaving for his senior year in college and Boy #2 is starting his first year at the university.  It’s challenge raising a man in today’s culture. The standards of his world are different than they were for his dad and granddads.  But certain...
Instagram Mom, Please Stop

Instagram Mom, Please Stop

I came across this beautiful photo (of which I’ve cropped) on my Instagram feed last night. It’s beautiful. Everything is propped and proportioned so meticulously. The colors are beautiful and the caption is great.  But it broke my heart. Actually, the...
Confessions of an Overcomer

Confessions of an Overcomer

“This place would have been a mess for me when I was in college,” I told my son and his dad after eating in his college cafeteria. It’s one of these free range cafeterias most universities have now. Every food imaginable is available. You can eat...
Middle Schoolers and Social Media

Middle Schoolers and Social Media

Social media and the internet are part of every child’s world.  It’s common for middle schoolers to have access to harmful online content by the touch of a finger during any part of the day. Each year middle school students I work with have problems with peers over...
The Legacy of Being Real

The Legacy of Being Real

There’s a story called The Velveteen Rabbit.  It’s about a stuffed animal that was drug around by a Boy during the magical moments of childhood, through sickness and fear.   What is Real? the Velveteen Rabbit asked the old, wise Horse in the nursery. Being...
Releasing Boys to Be Men

Releasing Boys to Be Men

It’s been a full week. To the naked eye it seems like things are normal but as I listened to my heart I realized I am holding on to my emotional strings tightly, trying to hold things together. Big transitions are happening at our house this summer and I...
4 Steps for Life Transitions

4 Steps for Life Transitions

My family has experienced a lot of change lately. Kids moving home, kids moving away, new relationships, new jobs, new roles. Life in transition. Transitions occur between what was, and what’s going to be. It’s a natural part of change, but it feels weird, restless,...