Grace When a Mama Drives Her Van into the Sea


Yesterday a tragedy occurred. A pregnant mother drove her minivan, filled with her 3-year-old, 9-year-old, and 10-year-old, into the ocean, in what appeared to be an attempt to end life for them all. But another tragedy took place as soon as this news went viral. We shook our heads, declared the woman a monster, and [...]

Reading 2013: The Gentle Parent

The Gentle Parent, L. R. Knost

The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline is the third book in L.R. Knost’s series of Little Heart Handbooks. (The other two in this series: Two Thousand Kisses a Day and Whispers Through Time.) As she does in her previous books, Knost explains in The Gentle Parent the importance of treating our children as people — with respect, and with one-another-love [...]

Reading 2013: Duct Tape Parenting


With a rather interesting title, Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible & Resilient Kids, also presents some interesting and helpful approaches to parenting. Duct tape, in the case of this book, is what parents should be using on themselves to keep themselves from always jumping in to rescue, intervening, or interfering. Vicki Hoefle [...]

Reading 2013: Your Self-Confident Baby


Although I don’t consider myself to stay within one particular parenting philosophy or to follow all of the tenets, I think most people examining my parenting practices would probably classify me as someone who practices attachment parenting. In the philosophy laid out in Your Self-Confident Baby: How to Encourage Your Child’s Natural Abilities — From the [...]

Reading 2013: Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert


Although my 14-month old has never worn a disposable diaper, and although we’ve had experience traveling by plane, boat, taxi, bus, and more using cloth diapers only, I was delighted to learn a lot from Erin Odom’s guide to cloth diapering, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers.