The Ripple Effect of a Slack (or a Great) Lent

Image by Linda/Flickr   I’ll never forget the sharp stab of guilt I felt at the conclusion of Lent a couple of years ago. My eldest daughter had struggled beautifully and mostly successfully to give up sweets, despite her younger brothers and sisters occasionally enjoying them in front of her. “A couple of times I…

For peaceful parenting, build your parent-support

  This is a transcript of a podcast I recently recorded for the radio show, The Journey. It’s part of a series I do and it’s kind of a two-minute pep talk for frazzled parents. Do you have a team behind you? I’m not talking about a sports team or a work team, but your parent-support team. Parenting is…

40 things to do before I turn 40

I celebrated my 39th birthday last week and now I’m really looking forward to my 40th and the start of a brand new decade. My 20s was about making two big life choices and having my first baby. My 30s was all about having four more babies and having a lot of the assumptions I’d held from my teens and 20s…