Like crepe paper


This morning I'm spending some time researching in preparation for a parenting workshop I am presenting in September. The concept of intentional parenting is very personal. I adamantly believe in shaping safe and accepting environments for children to develop, expanding the definition of discipline pass punishment, and of being present and available for our children. … Continue reading Like crepe paper

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For once, I just wanted to be one of “those moms.”


For once, I just wanted to be one of "those moms."               My kids have been back in school for a week. We started off on the right foot. All of the school supplies bought 2 weeks before hand. All of them sorted and labeled properly before Meet The … Continue reading For once, I just wanted to be one of “those moms.”

It’s a lie to believe if we don’t get involved then we won’t be hurt.


I am sick and tired of babies being beaten to death. I am absolutely appalled of the abuse women endure. The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein How can we be so connected to people all over … Continue reading It’s a lie to believe if we don’t get involved then we won’t be hurt.

Guest Post from my son Samuel: If I were in charge of the world


I hope you enjoy this thought provoking view of the world from my 9 year old son's perspective. He would like to know what the world would look like if you were in charge but only on the understanding that he's really in charge. -Carissa   If I were In Charge of the World...BY Samuel … Continue reading Guest Post from my son Samuel: If I were in charge of the world

No time for ugly cries


We've all had those mornings when you're running around, trying to get breakfast made AND eaten, lunches made, permission slips signed, finding the backpacks, throwing in a load of laundry, loading up the dishwasher, getting kids out the door, etc. It's manic, it's crazy, and someone is always yelling whether it's me or the kids. … Continue reading No time for ugly cries

Blizzards, Children, and Why I’m Not Freaking


I just had a the oddest thing happen. Well, for me anyway. Over the last couple of weeks my new morning habit after my God alarm goes off is to check KSDK's school closings on my phone. I have three kids in three different schools on three different schedules so it's kind of important for … Continue reading Blizzards, Children, and Why I’m Not Freaking

A Lesson Learned From An Egg Carton


Have you ever had just "one of those mornings?" But they seem to last all week or even all month? I had endured a rough day yesterday of anxiety and I was really hoping for a fresh start today. I promptly answered my "God" alarm this morning on my phone with prayers of thanksgiving for … Continue reading A Lesson Learned From An Egg Carton

My Xmas To Do List Got a Little Hinky Jinky.


It's a bitter 21 degrees. The roads are a mess with ice. And the kids are all home on my 14th consecutive day of single parenting. To say the least I went to bed a little apprehensive at the thought of being trapped inside with 3 bored children with my tank running low. I only … Continue reading My Xmas To Do List Got a Little Hinky Jinky.

Thank you God for my guts, my boo boos, Jesus, Marta Isabel, and that guy Jonah


My youngest son, Alex volunteered to say grace for dinner tonight. As a very precocious four year old he's a bit unpredictable. I'm never sure which way he's going to jump... literally. Nevertheless with his older brother and sister sighing heavily and rolling their eyes at the thought of Alex leading what they consider a … Continue reading Thank you God for my guts, my boo boos, Jesus, Marta Isabel, and that guy Jonah