Family, Parenting

Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

One of the elements that I have come to understand as essential to one’s personal growth—mental, spiritual, and emotional—is the ability to sit quietly and just be.  Of course nowadays, there is always something (or rather, a bunch of things!) that is clamouring for our attention, and so we are often left without a second… Read More Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

Family, Parenting

Honouring Our Parents By Parenting Our Children

It feels like whatever I do, I can never repay my parents for everything they have done for me.  And since I got married, I feel like whatever my husband and I do, we can never repay our parents for everything they have done for us as individuals and as a couple. And—not to sound… Read More Honouring Our Parents By Parenting Our Children

Family, Parenting

Excellence And Detachment In Parenting: Reaching That Tough Sweet Spot

There are many reasons why people have kids.  Some of these reasons are downright amazing, some of them are just absolutely terrible, and most of them lie somewhere in between these two extremes.  Some of my friends have done it because it’s just the next logical step in their lives.  Some of them did it… Read More Excellence And Detachment In Parenting: Reaching That Tough Sweet Spot

Family, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Marriage, Pregnancy

More Thoughts on Supporting the Husband of a Pregnant Woman

Nothing about the birth of my child was about the other person that had so much to do with it: my husband.  I have already discussed this matter previously, but I think it’s such an important topic that I have to bring it up again. During labor, no one took care of my husband.  And… Read More More Thoughts on Supporting the Husband of a Pregnant Woman

Gender Identity, Gender Studies

Is it a boy? No? Then why is she wearing blue?

Even before we knew if our child was going to be a girl, her father and I started shopping for clothes.  On the one hand, we were looking for any excuse to get our hands on the ridiculously adorable miniature versions of what we wear that grace the stores (I mean have you seen the… Read More Is it a boy? No? Then why is she wearing blue?

Family, Marriage, Parenting

Parenting and Marital Happiness: Not Mutually Exclusive

I am a bit of a nerd, just in case you haven’t noticed yet.  I love reading studies and reflecting on the implications of the results found.  However, I also can be quite harsh when it comes to studies that demonstrate a combination of laxity in their data analysis and over-confidence in their interpretation.  I… Read More Parenting and Marital Happiness: Not Mutually Exclusive

Family, Happiness, Marriage, Parenting

Strengthening a Marriage Through the Common Experience of Raising Children

I recently wrote about how I didn’t think marital happiness and raising children were, despite what some might say, mutually exclusive.  But my husband and I had seen how some of our friends’ marriage suffered after having children, and so we decided to do research and take preventative measures to make sure it wouldn’t happen… Read More Strengthening a Marriage Through the Common Experience of Raising Children

Family, Parenting

If You Want To Be A Good Parent, You Have To Read This

Apologies for the clickbait worthy title, but as you will see, it’s basically the perfect opening to this post.  Because I think I have found the two things that every person needs to do be a good parent—a big “ah-ha” a couple of fellow parents and I have had recently and that I want to… Read More If You Want To Be A Good Parent, You Have To Read This

Family, Health, Parenting

How Do You Look So Good? Parents Share Tips on Nurturing Their Own Health

It seems that the health of parents is of big concern to many; the younger the offspring, the higher the concern.  I reached out to a number of parents in my network and asked them for their best tips in four categories of health: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.  I then picked the one or… Read More How Do You Look So Good? Parents Share Tips on Nurturing Their Own Health

Family, Parenting

Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood

A friend of mine recently asked me how motherhood was treating me.  After I was done gushing, she asked me another question that took me by surprise: “I know you love your baby, but what about babyhood, do you like that?” I have heard a lot of parents complaining about how difficult babyhood is, and… Read More Enjoying Baby Despite The Challenges of Babyhood