The Year My Dad Died, Jeff’s Hair Fell Out, And We Stopped Having Sex

My dad died, my faith took a hit on the chin, and I gained twenty pounds. Jeff’s hair fell out, his testosterone plummeted, and we stopped having sex. How does a marriage, or a faith, survive all that? [Read more...]

Shameless Self-Promotion

I’ve never been paid to write.  On the contrary, I’ve spent lots of money to write.  I’ve paid for conferences and paid someone to edit my memoir draft.  Before I moved to Patheos, I paid for a domain name for my blog.  And lets not forgot all the money I spent in grad school so [Read More...]

Parenting Is Supposed To Get Easier, Right?

Tara’s ten-year-old son packed a knife to take on the train so that he could protect himself and his younger brother. Was this a sign that he watches too much violent TV? Or that he has a noble instinct to protect his brother? Everyone says that parenting gets easier over time. But figuring out what’s normal and what’s a problem can be more difficult as children get older. [Read more...]

Rick Riordan Was A Homeschooler?

Rick Riordan homeschooled his son? Yup. [Read more...]

An Open Letter To Rick Riordan From A Nine-Year-Old Fan

A homeschooling nine-year-old invites Rick Riordan to class. Will he say ‘yes’? (Plus video from a talk Riordan gave the night the boy gave him the letter.) [Read more...]

Don’t Take Away Recess: Better Yet, Make It An Hour

Our town is in the middle of a debate about whether or not recess should be mandatory.  And if it is, would fifteen minutes be long enough? Which is, of course, just stupid. The rest of the country is figuring out how important play is.  They’re realizing that we’ve left so little unstructured time in [Read More...]

Why My Kids Are On The Swim Team, Even Though They Hate It

Tara’s sons hate the swim team. And her faith tells her that she need not make decisions based on fear. Still, it’s a parent’s job to make sure her kids can swim. Right? [Read more...]


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