‘Bastard’ and Other Things This Mama No Longer Worries About

The offense? Stolen Buffalo/Ranch Doritos. The culprit? A brother, off on a trip with his dad."You bastard!" other brother yells.He was hungry and, thus, the epitaph, shot through the iPhone, three hundred miles away.There was a day, not so many years ago, when such brotherly communication would pull me up short. I'd jump in with scripture, with quotes from The Peacemaker, with maternal admonishments and threats to suds up a washcloth.Today...not so much.Perhaps it's one of … [Read more...]

Parenting Your Younger Kids: Slacking Off or Getting Wiser?

If you are raising younger kids alongside older kids you probably hear this twice a week: "Why do you let Jonny (fill-in-the-blank)? I never got to (fill-in-the-blank) when I was his age!"Or, "Are you going to get Jonny get away with that? If I had done that at his age, you would have whooped me good!"Or, "Why are you letting Jonny watch (this movie)? When I was Jonny's age, you NEVER would have let me watch (this movie)"What is a parent with one foot in the teenager world and one … [Read more...]