Principles

For Today, a poem for parents

June 8, 2015

If we are honest, it really isn’t possible to enjoy every moment of parenting. Another bad night’s sleep, a tantrum in the park, or frantically rushing between home and work is hardly the stuff family dreams are made of. It’s perfectly natural that we don’t — and can’t — spend every moment basking in how […]

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The terrible, wonderful summer vacation

June 1, 2015

In a way, summer vacation reminds me of giving birth. When it’s over, we forget the difficult parts and look forward to the next one. The next time we take a family vacation, hoping our children will get along during a long car ride, or walk quietly beside us on a family outing, we can […]

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Screentime can be family time

May 29, 2015

The issue of screentime is one that has come up in my group, API of Knoxville, from time to time. We have splits on the issue among parents who attend the group and even within our leadership team: There are Attachment Parenting (AP) families that don’t believe in limiting access to technology like cellphones, tablets, […]

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The marvel of motherhood

May 26, 2015

The Friday just before Mother’s Day, I was going about my daily business and realized I hadn’t looked at my phone for awhile. As I went to grab it, I saw a screen filled with missed calls and text messages. I scanned it for any pertinent information, and my heart dropped as I saw the […]

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Responding with sensitivity when it’s hard

May 21, 2015

As an API Leader, I frequently give parents guidance on ways to respond to their children in different situations. But the truth is, I don’t always follow my own advice. As all parents know, it’s one thing to be removed from a situation and think about solutions rationally; it’s quite another to deal with a […]

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Would you like some pictionary with your soup?

May 21, 2015

Editor’s note: This post was published originally on Oct. 25, 2008, and it continues to give timeless inspiration to parents seeking connection at meal time: All this talk about presence has made me re-examine some of the good, and bad, habits my family has fallen into. When I was a new mom, and therefore full […]

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The mother’s ‘guilt cyst’

May 19, 2015

I suspect that for nearly all women, soon after our first-born makes the exit out of our bodies and into the world, a “guilt cyst” begins to grow inside us — metaphorically speaking, that is. When my first child was born, I quit my job and became a stay-at-home mom. That decision came as a […]

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It’s alright that you need me

May 18, 2015

My child, I want to say this to you: It’s alright that you need me. Needing is good. Needing is natural. When you cry for me, when you wrap your arms around me, when you sigh because you feel happy in my arms…you’re behaving just as you should. You are finding out where you fit […]

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