Talking About Race with Children (The Worst Advice I Ever Gave)

Several years ago, as a newly-hired education consultant working for the Department of Human Services, a preschool teacher approached me with a question. “How do I talk to kids about race and tolerance?” Being completely unschooled in this topic, I answered this: “With preschoolers, I wouldn’t worry too much about direct teaching. I would focus… More Talking About Race with Children (The Worst Advice I Ever Gave)

5 Hands-On Ways to Pray with Kids

I grew up praying the traditional way.  There was always a blessing before meals and two prayers before bed: The Prayer of Protection and The Lord’s Prayer. In church, I would hear the pastor praying prayers with complicated names like “intercession,” and “invocation.”  I appreciated his beautiful words but felt removed from the process.  These… More 5 Hands-On Ways to Pray with Kids

Handling Differences in the Mixed Belief Marriage

Several weeks ago, I started a series on life in the mixed belief marriage. Then I dropped the ball because of other (paid) writing commitments and a wonderful vacation. Back now, picking up the pieces of the conversation…   “I think we should write a family mission statement,” I announced over dinner one night.  This… More Handling Differences in the Mixed Belief Marriage

Art, Life and Changing the World {#wholemama}

We so often think of creativity as the special right of a limited few.  Visual artists, musicians, authors—they’re the creative types.  Sometimes we limit it even more.  Our friend’s cover band, for example, isn’t really “creative.”  They’re just mimicking the creative work of others.  I, for one, rarely consider myself creative.  I explain to others,… More Art, Life and Changing the World {#wholemama}