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From the murk of conflict to the light of harmony

We’re in the late afternoon vortex, everyone milling around the house like they’re auditioning for the role of most irritable, lethargic family member. The kids are bickering for the same...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

The business of growing up is complicated

I feel a little blasphemous admitting to you that I am feeling just fine about transitioning out of the perma-freedom days of summer into a little more structure. Maybe it’s because much of summer...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

10-year-old chef brings his own recipe to kitchen

How to cook with a 10-year-old: First, crack a beer. Next, put on Pandora. Accept that he refuses to wear an apron. Take five deep breaths. Explain to Rose, age 8, that no, when you take a deep...

DATE: July 22, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Slower summer lifestyle rich, rewarding

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt In summer, the door swings wide...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Finding everything we need on trip to desert

Every crevice of the car is packed. The kids are human puzzle pieces wedged between carefully stacked ramparts of coolers, water jugs, sleeping bags. Four handmade bows bisect the vehicle...

DATE: April 4, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Being a mother – in this moment and the next

It’s 5 p.m. There are two extra kids at our house, a sinkful of dishes and piles of discarded clothes festering in sparkly pink clumps. The kitchen table is layered with paper flotsam. The fridge...

DATE: March 14, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Life is equal parts precious, out of our control

I am drinking coffee, reading the paper and fielding interruptions from the kids in a parody of my own routine morning ordinariness when my phone rings. It is my friend Stephanie, whom I’ve known...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Too much time lingering over past misses present

Recently, I bought a package of balloons for a science experiment, and the very presence of these balloons, bouncing around the house, has reduced the kids into noun-limited toddlers (waking up,...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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It’s 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, two hours after our children are usually nestled into bunk beds. We’re with friends, their living room turned dance floor packed with the bendy bodies of...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2015 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Gift of gratitude better than any material present

We’ve been entering the holidays, which I’m happy to say has been our typical spirited mash-up, all of which could provide material for the Sinatra holiday video remix of “My Way.” Which is to say,...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2014 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Life’s challenges can present opportunities

It’s 5 p.m. on a weekday, rapidly approaching the convergence of three things: sundown, the need to invent dinner from the usual suspects and the collective family tank of energy hitting low. I...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2014 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

Hope is for kids to wake up curious every day

Col is practicing his BB gun skills. We bring the gun on hikes, promising shooting time after just a little more walking; this works in exactly the same way a bag of bakery treats works for Rose. ...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Adventures in Motherhood

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