Defeating the “Morning Mommy Monster”

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer In the wee hours of the morning, she lurks in the shadows. She stalks her victims, growing more devious and aggressive with every moment. Three innocent children lie in their beds, unaware of the fate that awaits them. As the light crosses their eyes they awaken slowly… too slowly… And … [Read more…]

That sneaky, unpredictable tooth fairy

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer As a child, my parents were really careful that we understood the real meaning behind holidays.  We didn’t do Santa or the Easter Bunny.  We had restrictions around Halloween, and on Valentine’s Day, my parents reminded us to take the opportunity to celebrate God’s love and the love of our … [Read more…]

Who is your life jacket?

By Laura Wailes, Core Writer Walking toward the Lazy River, I looked down at Caleb who was very offended at being told he was still too little to be on the Lazy River without a life jacket. “But I don’t need it!” he whined.  “I can do it by myself. I am a good swimmer.” “It’s … [Read more…]

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…]