Driving with My Daughter for the 1st Time

Lings had her learner’s permit for a whole 12 days.  I avoided driving with her the whole first week, when Scott took her out 3 times.  I resisted her pressuring me to let her drive during our trip to Chicago.  (“I’m 100% positive that it’s not in the rental car agreement to let an unlicensed 16 year old drive.”) But then Monday night, exactly a week from when Ling got her learner’s permit, Scott booted me out of the front seat of the van where I was waiting for us to drive to … [Read more...]

Regret–What a Waste

There’s nothing like a college reunion to raise a slew of emotions—and for me, amidst much joy, laughter and celebration, lay the bittersweet taint of regret. Last week, I took my daughter on our first college tour, and attended a reunion celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Northwestern University Graduate Christian Fellowship.  And while I enjoyed every bit of the whole process (other than developing some weird tendonitis on the top of my right foot from walking so much), regret … [Read more...]

Perfectionism CURED!

If you struggle with perfectionism like I do, come on over to Whole Mama and see how a paper I wrote at age eight spoke to me from my memento box. … [Read more...]

‘Little Angels’ Coupon

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Roma Downey will always be our favorite angel. A while back we featured the children’s DVD series she created titled LITTLE ANGELS.  Designed to help teach children their ABC’s, 123’s, they also introduce them to Bible stories. Roma Downey who starred in the hugely successful television show “Touched By An Angel” believes that introducing children to the Bible is one of the most important things a parent can do for their child. LITTLE ANGELS is available at all major retailers … [Read more...]

Bad Losers, Brother Brawls, and Perspective Taking

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On our first visit to the Museum of Fine Arts last year, our tour guide Jake asked the boys, "Do you know the three rules of an art museum?" Ezra responded quickly and exuberantly.  "No violence!" "Okay - four rules," Jake replied while laughing. I don't know what kind of kids Jake normally gets at the museum, but for my boys No Violence has to be at the top of the rule list.  They just can't keep their hands off of each other.  They sleep in a tangle of legs and arms many nights. … [Read more...]

Our First College Tour

On Saturday, my oldest child turned 16.  On Monday, she got her learner’s permit.  And yesterday, I walked with her all over my alma mater, Northwestern--our first ever college tour.  Today we look at University of Chicago. Whew!  Time flies when you’re having (or even not having) fun. As I’ve talked about this college trip at the end of her sophomore year, almost everyone (including my husband), says something like, “Wow, you’re starting early!” And of course, I suspect … [Read more...]

Google, How Do I Deal With Bratty Kids?

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What do you do when your friend's child is a brat? Come on over to Whole Mama and let's chat about it. … [Read more...]

A Rule of Life,The Charles River, and Me

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I came home from my walk along the Charles River last Saturday nearly euphoric.  Maybe you can't imagine a river doing that for you.  Not long ago, I couldn't have imagined it myself, but two things have changed since that time. First, I moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, a city that gives the phrase mind over matter a whole new meaning.  Here, ideas, and the brains that came up with those ideas, are what matter.  I lived with a guy in grad school who was getting his doctorate studying … [Read more...]


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