Thoughts on Minimalism: Motherhood and Minimalism

This is the third post in a series on minimalism. The first was about the relationship between minimalism and Christianity and the second one tackled reasons why minimalism can be a good philosophy while raising children. It was not too long ago that my life–all of the responsibilities, saying yes, marital problems, and trying to […]

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Growing Into Motherhood

After watching a kids movie last night, my oldest daughter was scared and unable to sleep. Kicking myself for allowing her to watch it, I let her climb in bed with me and burrow into my side while I did some grading on the laptop. She was comforted and fell asleep quickly. It was hard […]

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The Blight of U.S. Education and my Own Dilemna

I’m going to attempt to sum up a few ideas rattling around in my not quite caffeinated morning brain. My husband, whom I’m pretty sure has developed a case of chest-quaking bronchitis, woke me up at 5am from his incessant coughing. Laying in bed, but trying to sleep, my mind wandered instead to my upcoming […]

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How to Let Children Simply Be

Is parenting a battle of wills and a matter of training? Or can we learn from our children, be childlike ourselves, and understand the complexity of their little hearts and minds? I try hard to fall in the latter category, although it’s difficult. Every day, I wake up with a cup or two of french-pressed […]

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Positive Parenting: Not for the Faint of Heart

Today, my sweet, confident, fireball of a two-year old threw my book into the bathtub (which was, of course, full of water), poured a mug of black tea on the front of her new white sweater, threw a bowl of food on the floor from the counter as she perched on her Learning Tower, oh […]

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Follow the Child

Yesterday I was at the end of my rope, in a multitude of ways. Baby Girl had woken up numerous times during the night and topped it off with a 3 hour awake stretch at 4am. All morning long, she and I were spilling things, knocking into stuff, and both cranky out of our gourds. […]

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The New Myth of the Stay at Home Mom

When I was in college, I took a class called "Gender and Inequality." We learned about feminist issues and read Betty Friedan's "Feminine Mystique." In the 1963 book, she argued that the women of her age were unhappy from being confined in the roles of mother and wife. In the decades that followed, women were […]

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