Book Talk: Nurture Shock

I had a serious perfectionism complex when I was young. I knew I was imperfect, but felt that I was expected to be perfect. Being smart meant knowing the answers (always.) Being a good “little mama/big sister” meant being reliable and in control (always.) Being Mormon meant following all the commandments (always.) For the most […]

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The Best Laid Plan

Your best laid plan — a monument of creativity and hope — is placed delicately on the quicksand we call life. The breeze of flexibility teases the joints of your dollhouse. Will it survive? That’s not the question. The question is: What will you make when it crumbles? Will it be better or will it […]

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With how many times I’ve sent our family phones swimming I’ve been very diligent to baby our current equipment. I was astounded when my phone went on the fritz last week because I hadn’t even dropped it in a very long time. Both myself and the customer service lady on the phone were convinced it […]

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Found in the Draft Folder

Early in my motherhood years, when things were still pretty simple and pretty good, a close friend of mine struggled greatly with depression. It took me a while to even recognize it because many of her symptoms, from the outside, I considered to be positives: she lost weight, her home was immaculate. How could that […]

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