My current favorite children’s book is The Dot. It’s about a girl who doesn’t think she can draw. Her teacher urged her to try so “Vashti grabbed a marker and gave the paper a good, strong jab.”
While some teachers might reprimand a student for not trying or for being sassy, this teacher says, “Sign . . . → Read More: Read This: The Dot
One of the debates I’ve heard (and engaged in) with other moms is about teaching manners. I grew up calling my friends’ parents by their first names, so when I moved to Texas and everyone said, “Ma’am” and “Sir,” I didn’t like it. It felt too formal, authoritarian, and didn’t jive at all with my . . . → Read More: Read These Books About Manners
I like books: paper books, audiobooks, but reading books on “readers” is something I’ve avoided as long as there have been readers. Yep, I’m one of those folks who dreads this idea of a paper-less society. Unless we’re talking newspapers. I can’t stand holding those, getting the ink on my hands, trying to fold the . . . → Read More: Kindle-ing
This summer has felt like a never-ending day, you know the ones when your kid won’t go to sleep and you just need a little time to yourself, and when you eventually get it you have energy for nothing but watching television or going to sleep yourself. Yep, it’s been that kind of summer.
The . . . → Read More: Back to Bedtime
My son and I have been visiting Never Land for months, not Michael Jackson’s Never Land, but the world of Peter Pan. Audiobooks are one of Cavanaugh’s and my favorite ways to travel in our car or even spend an afternoon by the LEGO table. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love having someone . . . → Read More: Read This: Peter Pan + Prequels
My boy isn’t home tonight so I can’t read him bedtime stories. Instead, I’ll share some of our current favorites with you.
About a year ago, I had to give up on picture books. Though we loved Kitten’s First Full Moon, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, and just about anything by Tad Hills, Cavanaugh . . . → Read More: Bedtime Stories
When my ex and I started trying to get pregnant the first time, we started talking about church. He’d grown up in the Methodist Church, been president of his church group, gone to a Methodist college on scholarship. He felt like we needed to raise our child in the church, or at least have some . . . → Read More: Get Your God On
Cavanaugh and I just finished reading one of the most magical books I have ever read (and I have read 1000s of books!): The Invention of Hugo Cabret – a novel in words and pictures
I am shocked this book was published because of its stunning format–a combination of narrative and illustrations, both of which . . . → Read More: Read This: Hugo Cabret
Check out my essay, “How Did I Get Roped Into This?” in Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages, available this month from All Things That Matter Press. This will make a great Christmas present for those beautiful strong women (or men) in your life. And for you professors, this exciting nonfiction anthology addresses women’s issues . . . → Read More: Count Me a Contemporary American Woman