Editor’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Katrina Kenison’s book, Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry (Grand Central Publishing, 2002) Being a mother today seems to require that we move too fast most of the time. Much as we may crave quiet interludes with our children, family mealtimes, and meaningful rituals, […]
Here are a few of the very handy tools I’ve found for teaching children about justice and mercy. I think kids are very visual, tactile learners, so having a few tangible things they can see has been very helpful for us. We’ve only used a few simple tools, but they all have been extremely effective. […]
I attended my first yoga class years ago. It was at 4 pm and I was specifically looking at a girl in the front row who could easily touch her toes. And I wasn’t just looking. I was trying to catch up to her. Just then, the instructor said, “Do not compare yourself to your neighbor. Let go of competition.” I was caught.
I was told practically from birth about the sacrifices a mother makes….blah blah blah…. back to me me me me me. I remember as a young woman I was told that I wouldn’t really understand this concept of motherly sacrifice until I became a mom myself……blah blah blah…..back to me me me me me.
Then, one day…
Some things happen to us because of our choices and some things just happen. When things have “just happened” to me, I have tried to have an attitude that I have the choice of how I am going to react in any given situation.
I just spent the last two weeks visiting my family in Iowa. Like every family, we have similarities in opinions as well as differences, things we get about each other and things we don’t, and specific ways we enjoy spending our time together, avoiding other activities entirely. And it’s always interesting to see how everyone […]
I am a group exercise instructor and see this in my clients all of the time. They have great and hefty 90-day transformation plans or a race training calendar in hand. Then, one busy day turns into another and the training stops. I tell them that the smallest deed is larger than the greatest intention. Then I realize, I am that client!
To be honest, mothering has been what I had hoped and expected it to be. What I didn’t realize is how easily I am affected by the negative patterns of parenting that I learned growing up.
Mine is one of the most common stories ever told: I was thrilled to have a baby–then surprised by how hard it was to be a mother.
I have been a wife for almost 13 years and a mother for almost 11, but I admit that I am “domestically disabled”.
How has this month’s value, Justice and Mercy, been going for you all? I started out this month completely overwhelmed and clueless as to how to teach this value. I also had a hard time believing that this was as necessary as “honesty” or “love”. I realized right away that I was wrong. Just in […]
It’s one of THOSE days. You know the kind–we’ve all had them. Rushed breakfasts. A child whose selective deafness results in everyone being late to school. New cavities at the dentist appointment. Three little boys running wildly away from you in Target while everyone stares at the crazy lady who can’t handle her kids. That’s the kind of day I had.