At the Register: When Your Child Has Problems

Bouncing off Jen Fitz's advice for Christian parents of transgendered children, I have a few things to say about children in general: When a child begins to exhibit some behavior that is worrisome, it's easy to panic, to jump to conclusions, to apply adult-style significance to juvenile behavior, or to assume that we can make a diagnosis based on a single symptom or habit.Here's the basic idea, whether we're talking about a child who is actually fine, and just going through a phase, or a … [Read more...]

At the Register: A Few Tips for Making Hard Choices

BECAUSE I LOVE TO GIVE ADVICE! And my life is not a complete and utter catastrophe, so I must know something, right? … [Read more...]

At the Register: True Suffering Isn’t Photogenic

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Don't add pain to pain by expecting it to "hurt so good."  … [Read more...]

Advice for mom who is unexpectedly expecting?

A reader writes: Dear Simcha, do you have any reading material suggestions (in print or online) for me?  I have an adorable 8 month old and just found out I am unexpectedly expecting another one!  I intellectually know this is a blessing but yet could use some encouragement about how to overcome the panic? My answer: First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy, AND don't feel like you have to Feel the Right Thing right away. I always figure it takes nine months to get used to the idea of b … [Read more...]

Home School to the Classroom

Oops, I forgot to tell you that today I'm at Faith and Family Live, dishing out more advice:From Home School to the Classroom:  Tips for TransitionCome and get it while it's hot!  I don't know what that means. … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: “Fair’s Fair” Edition

Don't worry, it's not another scholarly fisk of the cultural significance of Billy Jean.  I'm talking about the county fair!  The fair!  Who doesn't love the fair?If you're taking your kids to the fair for the first time, you are going to hate it.-It will be, second only to the birth itself, the most miserable, sticky, disappointing, and ludicrously expensive day of your life as parents.  You will go home wondering why you just paid hundreds of dollars to make your kids this dirty … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes: HTH

Hope This Helps EditionIn which I solve seven common problems--1--Did you spill soy sauce all over the place?   Need a mother's day present?  Or just a crapload of squares?  Try this amazing new product.--2--Are you a really, really good mother who somehow understandably forgot to brush your daughter's hair for a week, and as a result did not catch her major head lice infestation until a well-meaning relative, who probably mostly just wanted everyone to realize that the … [Read more...]


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