Solving Sally’s Meltdowns (Together)


Even as a big girl of four, Sally still sometimes has meltdowns. A few weeks ago, she shed loud and angry tears and created a bit of a scene in the middle of a store because I told her I would only buy her one set of princess jewelry, not the five sets she had picked out. (It may be easy to laugh at the seeming absurdity of the situation, but those five sets of princess jewelry were very important to Sally at that moment.)Generally, Sally's meltdowns start with simple disagreement. She wants … [Read more...]

Kindergarten Approaches


Next fall, Sally will board a school bus, turn and wave, and leave for kindergarten. Sally is excited. She babbles on and on about kindergarten. But if I am honest with myself, I am scared. This may seem silly given that Sally currently attends full day preschool, and has been in daycare since she was little. But public school? As a K-12 homeschool graduate, public school is something that is still foreign to me.Lately, Sally has been peppering me with questions about kindergarten. This has … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Snap To It!


To Train Up A Child, chapter 10, part 2 This week we finish Michael’s chapter on “safety training.” In this section we see more about the lengths to which Michael will go to make children convenient above all else. GET OUT FASTLast winter, my two girls, nine and eleven, were riding with me in the old 4x4 Army truck. The gravel road was bumpy and rough. When I made a stop at an intersection, I heard the two, twelve-volt batteries, which are located right behind the seats, shortout and beg … [Read more...]

A Living Disappointment


My mom has been doing a good job keeping just how disappointed she is in me and in my life choices to herself these days. A couple of years ago she went all out and left me in tears, wanting to curl into a ball, and ultimately in therapy. These days, she just purses her lips. Usually. Recently, though, we had a conversation in which she confirmed what a huge disappointment she views me as. It's not that I didn't know, but it's hard to hear said.To my mother, I am a living disappointment. You … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: What Saith the Scriptures? (Yes, it’s THOSE Scriptures)


By AlethaOriginally Posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 143---145Today we're discussing the Bible verses that back up what Michael teaches. Honestly, I'm not too excited about this section. Once, my husband's ex-coworker (and ex-best friend, now), and I had a disagreement. I had a problem with my husband going to his house for a game day with a whole bunch of guys. I had a lot of reasons (I was mentally unstable at that point, the wives were literally expected to … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Wives, Cover for Your Husbands

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 214---215This week we begin Debi's chapter on being "Good," which is the next character trait listed in Titus :4-5. The Crown"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones" (Proverbs 12:4).A good woman is a crown to her husband. She can make a mediocre man be as honored as one wearing a crown. This is a really good summary of this passage. The entire point is that by being "good" the woman can … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Understanding Your Woman’s Motivation


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom Mormon.Created To Need A Help Meet, pp. 139-142If you are anything like me, you read the title of this chapter and stopped, did a double take, and then you jaw dropped. Did you re-read the title, just to make sure you got it right? Because I sure did. But it's true. This chapter is about the three kinds of women. Yes, Michael allows that women have personalities. But, of course, the point of learning about women's personalities is to figure out … [Read more...]