Category Archives: Learning

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain [Almost Fearless]

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain [Almost Fearless]

“Mom,” my youngest daughter, Isabel, whines, her copper hair sweeping across her freckled cheek. “My knee is killing me. It’s seriously the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. Can we please be done?” I take a deep breath and assess the situation. We are less than halfway into our hike through the cliffsContinue Reading

How to be a Good Friend to a Parent of a Child Who Has Been Through Trauma

How to be a Good Friend to a Parent of a Child Who Has Been Through Trauma

Chances are good that you know a person parenting a child who has been through tremendous or ongoing trauma (You can read SAMHSA’s “Types of Trauma” here). Perhaps your delightful playdate pal becomes embroiled in a nasty divorce and you discover their relationship was fraught with abuse. Maybe your favorite “ladies night out” girlfriend adopts aContinue Reading

The Poisonwood Bible: A Synopsis in Poetry from a Once Reluctant Writer

The Poisonwood Bible: A Synopsis in Poetry from a Once Reluctant Writer

My 14 year old daughter just completed The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver as part of her Language Arts curriculum. As homeschoolers who school through a public charter, we get to choose her literature together in collaboration with her accredited teacher. This is particularly lovely because the child devours books like I devour yarn made from Alpaca (whichContinue Reading

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