Knowing where one’s socks live is no small thing

An (expanded) thank-you note to J. Groene Construction!

There is nothing good about being a control freak. The phrase connotes a white-knuckled fear of all curves or bumps in the road, disdain for all the spice of life, an aversion to any and all diversion.

Good parenting might be a decades-long exercise in learning not to be a control freak, in mastering, instead, the art of  “picking your no’s;” learning how and when to let go, when to stand ground and when to draw a line in the sand. It’s a tough education for most of us, and the loss of control may first become apparent when a toddler begins to toddle hither and yon.Continue reading

Father’s Day Reflections

Happy Father’s day weekend to the Lawrence Family Promise network!  What a gift and an immense responsibility it is to be a father.  As a mom, I always think that dads get a bit of a rip off on father’s day, as mother’s day seems to gather more media and attention.  Cards, flowers, sentiments appear to be more easily directed at the moms in this country.  Plus, it seems that dads always get to spend the day grilling out (love of meat I guess), where as for those of us who are moms – we usually get taken out for brunch!  But dads out there – you are just as important, just as loving and such a tremendous influence on your children which is so critical and vital to them now as well as formation of the adults they will become. So, long way around it to simply say, “Dads ROCK!”Continue reading