A Day in the Life

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I told Sean earlier that I think today pretty much sums up our lives. Marriage and parenting are things that are beautiful and enriching when you zoom out and take a long view, but will naturally have bumps and turbulence along the way. Just like life. And in many ways, today was a picture of that.We had been planning for a while to go to a children's museum in a city about an hour away, and so had decided that today would be the day it would make it happen. Still, we treasure our lazy S … [Read more...]

Conversations with Preschoolers

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Can I say how much I love having a preschooler?My life is peppered with the most fascinating conversations. Watching Sally learn and figure things out is beautiful, and often also quite humorous.Let me offer this exchange by way of example:"I'm going to marry Daddy when I grown up.""Oh no you're not! I already married him. You have to pick someone else, because he's taken." "Then I'm going to marry Bobby." "Sorry honey, you can't marry your brother." "Why no … [Read more...]

Growing Up Evangelical at the End of the World

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"Dad, when do you think the rapture will happen?""Oh, probably in the next five or ten years."I was eleven. Eleven. And I trusted my dad. I respected him, a lot. He was the smartest person I knew - well read, intelligent, a thinking person. You know how doctors sometimes tell cancer patients how many years they have left to live? That's what this felt like. I had ten years. Ten. No wonder I hoped to marry and have children early. I didn't want to miss my chance.Any time I saw a … [Read more...]

Jonathan Last, Race Suicide, and Demographic Collapse

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Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff. Those are all just symptoms. What America really faces is a demographic cliff: The root cause of most of our problems is our declining fertility rate. Apparently my IUD is the cause of the fiscal cliff. Yay me.Can I say how much I hate articles like this? This particular one, by author Jonathan Last (whose new book, What To Expect When No One's Expecting, just came out), was published in the … [Read more...]

Medusa, the Weeping Angels, and Mary’s Fairy Godmother

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Last night I was in the middle of reading Sally a book of Greek mythology when she stopped me. She was excited and wanted to tell me something. She pointed to a picture of Medusa."That's an angel," Sally said."What? Are you sure?" I responded, surprised. How could she think that monster was an angel?"Yes. That's an angel." She was sure.And then I suddenly it all made sense and I understood not only why Sally identified Medusa as "an angel" but also why she identified the angel w … [Read more...]

A Reader Asks: How Can I Free My Daughter from Fundamentalist Fears?

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I recently received a question from a reader, and I thought I would put it to all of you to help answer it: What resources are there for me to share with my thirteen year old daughter about coming out of the darkness of the culture you write about? I grew up in an independent fundamentalist baptist church.  My parents were completely into it.  I didn't want to be, but got sucked into it.  The whole "you're going to hell" stuff, and "God will punish you" is so powerful psychologically.  Long stor … [Read more...]

Kate Winslet on Body Image

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I just today came upon this image and wanted to share:"As a child, I never heard one woman say to me I love my body. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, I am so proud of my body. So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age." ~ Kate WinsletI love this sentiment. It's so true. Expect more blogging on this topic to come! Raising a daughter in our society today can be complicated. … [Read more...]


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