Is Summer over already?

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer The end of Summer always surprises me.  As I get ready to go back to a full time work schedule this next week, I feel a stress and anxiety to get all of the things I had planned for the Summer into the next few days. We didn’t get to … [Read more…]

The strength to keep climbing

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer As I sit here in front of my computer screen tonight, I feel like the last person on earth who should share parenting stories or give advice to other moms.  It’s been one of those days.  Maybe even one of those years. Now that my boys are growing older, they … [Read more…]

I’m not the Fun Mom

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer I’m not the fun mom. I’m actually not the fun anything. It’s not that I’m a planner or need to be in control; it’s just that I’ve never been good at being silly or just playing around for no reason. I’d much rather be discussing something I’ve read or learning … [Read more…]

Trying something new: It’s not just for my kids

Last September, I sat at the kitchen table with Isaac for an hour.  Every night.  To do 6-10 math problems.  It was so frustrating. Every night it was the same thing.  Crying.  Complaining.  Ranting.  Refusal.  Avoidance. After about 45 minutes, I would convince him to just try one problem.  After he tried, he realized that he … [Read more…]

I’m afraid of being left behind

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer I wasn’t prepared for the emotional train wreck coming.  Usually, I know when it’s going to happen, but this time, though it had been building up over a period of days—maybe even weeks—I was completely caught off guard. We were just talking about ideas for a family vacation.  I suggested … [Read more…]