I have, after almost a year of writing, finished the first draft of my first fiction novel. Time to pop the champagne and have a celebratory dinner out. But I'm not as thrilled as you would think. Sure, I am happy. And I'm proud of myself. This took a lot of my time and effort … Continue reading The Book It’s Meant to Be – Thoughts on my First Draft
I have a new article up at AFineParent.com. This one is all about how raising your kids to be competent adults by giving them responsibility now. Not only is this article full of great research, but it give you a little view into my family life. Here I am. Folding laundry. The ball and … Continue reading 4 Life Skills That Will Teach Kids How to Shoulder Responsibility
I'm a bit late on this, but lateness seems to be one of my main characteristics recently. I am late for lunches out, late to appointments, late in getting my children to bed. I'm just late. I am also late in my own personal deadlines for this book I'm working on. I am writing a … Continue reading Lateness and Effort in Writing
This summer has sucked for writing. Absolutely sucked. I have gotten nothing done. I wanted to have a draft of my book finished by the end of this month, but I am miles away from that now. I'm trying to write today, but am finding it impossible. Why? The kids. The house. The garden. I … Continue reading Summer Writing
I was watching a re-run of the Foo Fighters singing on Carpool Karaoke and I started to get all nostalgic. Not because of the Nirvana connection. You see, Dave Grohl saved my marriage. It was eons ago. Probably 2BC. BC = Before Children. We didn't have kids, but I wanted them. I wanted it badly. … Continue reading Dave Grohl Saved My Marriage
Okay. Today I'm trying to be hands off, yet supportive with my kids. It's easier with one than the other and that has to do with how much confidence I have in their competence. And that is my fault. Backing up, I went to an incredible talk by Jessica Lahey, the amazing author of The … Continue reading Hands Off, Yet Supportive
So, usually I only post links to my own articles. When I link to someone else it's because I think their content is pretty darn excellent. Today I'm linking to the 2018 Positive Parenting Conference. I've been working on the fringes of it so you'll see my face if you scroll waaaaaaaayyyy down to the … Continue reading Need a Parenting Expert?? How about 20!
Let me recount a phone conversation I had the other day. "Hello, ____ Vet Hospital, can I help you?" "Yes. I need to make an appointment for our new kitten." "Great! Last name?" "Carlson" "And the pet's name?" "Lord Durin Thunderbolt Orc Slayer." "..... Say again?" "Lord. Durin. Thunderbolt. Orc. Slayer." "Lord? -" "Durin Thunderbolt … Continue reading Somethings really do need explanation
March 14th! 3.14! It's Pi Day! I finally have it together enough to share a pie recipe on the actual Pi Day. This particular pie is a classic French apple tart decorated in an escargot pattern. This is not to be confused with a Tarte Tatin where you use puff pastry and assemble and bake … Continue reading It’s Pi Day!!
Sorry for the long absence. Things have gotten really busy here! First, I have a middle schooler. I'm still reeling. Second, there is the house to deal with. We still have a few boxes to unpack and I just cannot get it together to finish this gallery wall I'm working on. (Hopefully before we host … Continue reading Too Busy with an Empty Fridge