Category Archives: Parenting Practice

Past Blast: Channeling Olivia Walton, and Other Ways My Life Operates

We begin a new series today called Past Blast, in which I plan to share some of my writing from before In My Kitchen, In My Life existed. From 2008: It occurs to me sometimes that I have probably never had an original thought. What I think and what I do is a direct result […]

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I have been spending more time than usual thinking about what others like, and in many ways I find it hard going. Me, I’m easy – I know what I prefer – but when I am in charge, how much of the deciding how things will be ought to be what I think best and […]

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Cerebral Homemaking Part 4: Blast Physics! We Have to Aim Just a Little Higher

Previous articles in the Cerebral Homemaking series: Part 1: Wrapping My Head Around My Work Part 2: “Please Lie Down on the Couch and We’ll Begin the Analysis” Part 3: Lofty Thinking — About Vision, Philosophy, and the G Word In the last Cerebral Homemaking article, we talked about developing a vision for our homes and […]

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Because My Hair is on Your Undershirt – That’s Why You Have to Do What I Say

Gardening is my thing in our family. Everybody else likes to look at and eat the results, but they don’t usually participate in the planting, weeding, deadheading, and so on unless requested to help. And I don’t usually ask for it, probably because I was made to work in our very large yard and extensive […]

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Balancing Balance Part XI: When Changes Come – Staying Light on My Feet

We have spent a good bit of time in this series talking about how to choose and manage the various activities that make up our lives.  We have thought about how to recognize the ways we spend our time. We have discussed how our personal filters act as gatekeepers to let in worthwhile pursuits and […]

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Unsolicited Advice Book Report Edition: Bringing Up Bebe; One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman

Before-you-read-further-caveat Repeat this aloud: Lori is an imperfect human being. Therefore, Lori is an imperfect child of God, wife, mother, daughter, friend, and advisor. In some fashion, she messes up pretty much every day, so I must not read her words and think: She believes she is perfect. She believes she is superior to me. […]

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