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Holding People in Mind

In an interview I read a while back, this quote from Dr. Barbara Sorrels intrigued me: The evidence is all around us that children are emotionally starving. The primary cause of emotional starvation is preoccupied parents. In order for a parent to truly nurture a child, the adult must be able to “hold” the child in mind and…

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Sacrifice vs. Self-Care: An Impossible Tension?

It was the beginning of my summer of healing. Looking back, there were many events and ideas that prevented me from becoming, as my doctor put it, “a burnt out Proverbs 31 woman.” But the idea I wrestled with most was self-care. “Self-care.” The phrase actually made me uncomfortable when I heard it in some…

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Making Myself a Martyr

It has taken me a long time to realize how I am prone to make myself into a martyr. This line from a blog post entitled “A Screwtape Letter For the Unappreciated Mom” resonated with me.*  Along those lines, be sure the Mother starts to value productivity above everything else.  Have her wake up early…

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Guest Post: One Small Change

I’m honored to be sharing at Addie Zierman’s blog today as part of her One Small Change series. You might remember the synchroblog she hosted based on her memoir, When We Were on Fire. I wrote several posts in response to the synchroblog (find the first here). Today I’m sharing about a day of rest and how…

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What Worked in 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas. Sixth months was such a fun age for a first Christmas. Liam was able to sit and open his presents (also known as watching our faces and ripping off wrapping paper to play with). He was smiley and squealy all Christmas day. It was fabulous.…

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Why I Still Don’t Have a Holiday Banner

I am terrible at prioritizing. I used to think I was good at it, but here’s what my perfectionistic self would do. I would spend time up front on the non-essentials first thereby forcing myself to still accomplish the essentials. So if I was giving my students a test the next day in one class,…