Instead of Judging Our Fellow Parents, How About Offering Empathy & Respect?

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Parents love to judge each other for all kinds of perceived failures. Here are some common ways in which parents judge other parents harshly—and suggestions for replacing judgment with empathy and respect. [Read more...]

How Mother’s Day 2006 Was the Beginning of the Rest of My Life

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This is the story I told at this past weekend’s inaugural Speak Up storytelling event in Hartford. In my next email newsletter, I will include a link to the Speak Up podcast, which includes my telling this story to a live audience (with considerable more humor than comes through in the written version), along with [Read More...]

When Parents Hope for Their Children to be Cured, Are We Really Wishing That They “Cease to Be”?

Messages about Andrew Solomon’s new book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity have been coming steadily into my inbox over the past few days. The author interviewed hundreds of families in which a child has some identifiable difference—autism, Down syndrome, violent criminal tendencies, being the child of rape. His resulting [Read More...]

That Darn Camel: Raising Conscientious Kids in a Stuff-Oriented Culture

by Jennifer Grant This is the fourth of a series of five posts exploring money and faith. The series title comes from this scripture verse: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” [Read More...]

That Darn Camel: My Struggle with Tithing

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“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:23 – 25) While topics such as same-sex marriage and abortion dominate media coverage of religion, I’d venture to say that money is the [Read More...]

Patheos (& Other) Peeps: Katherine Willis Pershey on Marriage, Motherhood, and Ministry

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Every Friday, I feature something written by one of my fellow bloggers at Patheos, a web portal devoted to religion and spirituality, or by another blogger/writer whose work I admire. This week, I had the pleasure of reviewing Katherine Willis Pershey’s new book, Any Day a Beautiful Change (Chalice Press, 2012), for the Englewood Review [Read More...]

MOMumental: A Parenting Book Even I Can Endorse

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Let’s be clear: I do not “do” parenting books. I don’t read books about how to be a better mother (or, for that matter, how to follow a menu plan that will make me feel 10 years younger, or how to know God better). In my experience, self-help/advice books don’t really change me for the [Read More...]

How a Diagnosis Can Both Help and Hurt

Looking back again at my post last week on prenatal screening for disabilities, I was arguing that many diagnoses (including my own bone disorder) have inherent qualities that cause suffering; that is, I believe that the suffering of disabilities does not stem solely from social exclusion, lack of accommodation, and cultural tendencies to see people [Read More...]


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