The Little Mama That Could

(I've been blogging my way through my new book, Humpty Dumpty Just Needed a Nap: What Children's Stories Teach Us About Life, Love, and Mothering. Last week we started with the first vignette in the book about Winnie-the-Pooh and being the kind of Hundred Acre mamas we were made to be. This week, we're chugging right along to The Little Engine That Could...which is about staying the course on our mothering marathon when the blisters start, but, better yet, how to avoid them in the first place. … [Read more...]

Which Hundred Acre Mama Are You?

(Hi, that my book is out, I'm going to be doing something fun for those of you who have a copy. I'm going to be blogging my way through the book a couple times a week by writing 'workbook' posts for each vignette. If you read my previous post, you heard about the importance of having a big, fat, 'mama journal,' for all things motherly. Now's the time to pull it out and get scribbling. Don't feel pressured to answer all of these questions or chewing points, just pick one of two that … [Read more...]

The Hundred Acre Cure for Mama Competition

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.” ~A.A. Milne *** (Alert: No matter how it first appears, this post is NOT about home schooling) *** The woman said what so many have said to me over the last sixteen years when hearing that I home school my children. "You must be so patient...I could NEVER teach my own children, I'd go crazy!" Such comments are meant to be kind, but somehow I'm always left feeling rotten after I hear them...not because I doubt my decision, but … [Read more...]

My Book is Done!!!!!

Some of the titles featured in Story Mama. *** Have you made the common mistake of thinking children's stories are for children? Most adults have. But don't feel bad because the secret has only recently been discovered: Children's stories are really parenting manuals in disguise. Shhh... Yeah, yeah, the people who wrote these stories may not admit it, but it's true: There's a wealth of wisdom tucked into those half-eaten books cluttering your shelves. All you need is a guide, a treasure map … [Read more...]