Is Family Life Real Life?

My favorite stage of parenting so far is age 8-11. Babies are cute, but they are incredibly needy, mind-blowingly messy, and you can’t have a conversation with them. I much prefer interacting with people who can wipe their own bottoms, pick up after themselves...

The Body Image Monster Is Here

We curled up together on my bed, book in hand, her hair still dripping from the night’s shower. She seemed down, but I have learned not to dig too vigorously. Make a space and show her I’m interested, and she will move into it and talk. The pages were...

I’m Proud of You

This scene in Despicable Me always makes me sad. Gru, one of the main characters in the movie, is a mean, unhappy man trying to become The Greatest Villain Of All Time. In the movie, a banker denies his request for financial backing for his latest diabolical scheme...