Fight the Distraction: On Redirecting Thoughts and Redefining Values

These past few weeks I have been returning to what matters in my life: God, family, friends, and work that matters. As such, I have been more aware of the distractions that tempt me away from these foci. Not surprisingly, the distractions are ubiquitous and destructive. To name a few: 1. Material envy. My husband …

On the Perils (and Blessings) of Being a Working Mom: Part 1, The Negative

Sometimes I think I am incredibly lucky to be a working mom. Other times I think I am incredibly cursed to be a working mom. As I finish my dissertation, teach, attend committee and certification meetings, and search for post-graduate jobs, my exhaustion level rises. As my daughter's needs change, my house gets dirtier, and …

LAUGH, CRY, SCREAM; REPEAT: ON POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND BEING REAL ABOUT IT, PART 2

So, PPD is absolutely real, absolutely terrible, and we¬†should absolutely talk about it. As I said in the previous PPD post, it took me about three years to be completely rid of PPD symptoms (part of this may be that I was also in a doctoral program at the time, so additional stress made the …

Put away the hand basket marked for hell: on how we are raising our kids right

I recently flew to and from the west coast, and during that time the only rude behavior I encountered was perpetrated by adults. In fact, the most pleases, thank you's, and excuse me's came from young boys and girls. A telling example: on the flight home I was seated next to two brothers, both roughly …