We've all become accustomed to distance learning in the last few weeks. But I have a proposal. What if we try a little (or a lot) of proximity learning? We may all be RGV moms, but we have kids of...
Do you ever feel like you've done so well at parenting that you deserve a gold medal? Or maybe a bronze? Or maybe some days, do you feel like your parenting has only earned you a participation trophy? So, a...
As I reflected on the coming of the year 2020 and the decade behind it, I realized that I've been parenting for 10 years! We surprised our families on Christmas 2009 (ten years ago!) with a sonogram picture, and...
For the first time, in a long time, I took an Mmmcation — a much needed momcation. I treated myself to birthday tickets to see Hanson on their Wintry Mix tour in Austin, and it was Mmmagical. Using my Momcation...
Now is the time Embrace every moment Very soon Everything will be different. Remember these days.   Even though you feel weary, fret not - Nothing you do is worthless. Daughters and sons learn from you - Soon they will see that this love          ...
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Curiosity Calls

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In Big Magic, Liz Gilbert tells us to befriend curiosity. It can be any little whisper in your ear telling you to follow it. Except for alcohol or drugs, I would add, since I’ve just finished Janelle Hanchett’s brilliant...
I love the freshness of a new calendar and a new year. It's a time to start new routines and tighten up our schedules. It's a time to let go of some things, and a time to take up...
Since I teach philosophy for a living, it's often on my mind even when I get home and get into Mom mode. The Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle thought that feeling anger could be a good challenge for us, like...
My three-year-old's honest confession: "I'm mad at you. I don't want to be happy ... but I love you."  His scowl as he spat these words at me was so fierce it took me aback. My head spun, and I breathed...
Not once have I been consoled by an adult who tried to rush me through sadness by telling me that I’m fine. Nunca he encontrado consuelo en las palabras de un adulto cuando me dice, “Ya pasó,” en su...

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RGV Guide to Family Fun – October 2021

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The taste of fall is in the air — or at least it's in our coffee cups! Activities have picked back up in the...
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