Tag Archives: parenthood

Pandemic Parenting: Sending my kids back to school after 305 days at home

Today is the first day in 305 days that I have been away from both my children. The last time was March 12, 2020, when they went to school for the day before the Covid-19 pandemic changed all our lives … Continue reading

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First Book Love, Book Clubs & Tea Towels

I believe I’ve mentioned before my undying love of book clubs. Since my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, was published waaaayyyy back in 2012, I’ve met with dozens of book clubs to talk about it. These “meetings” never fail to … Continue reading

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I Screwed Up Today (or, Parenthood is Not for Sissies)

Picture this: It is 7:45 a.m., and my children and I are walking into school. My 9 year-old walks two steps ahead, just out of arm’s length and just far enough so that I don’t see the sour expression on … Continue reading

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New column: “Our children belong only to themselves”

My most recent newspaper column is about a realization I came to after the birth of my older daughter. It shook me to the core, and made complete and utter sense. I hope y’all enjoy it. To read, click here.

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New column: “Make 2019 the year of ‘come as you are’”

If we wait until we’re perfect, we will never do anything. This is a tough lesson to learn–one I struggle with daily. So: that, life, being awkward, scared, and hopeful, and more, in my newest newspaper column. I sure hope … Continue reading

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New column: “Shower shoes, tears: It’s time for summer camp”

This week’s newspaper column is about the fact that I have let my 8 year-old daughter go to sleepaway camp, 3 hours away, for the first time. And I’m wondering if I’ve lost my mind. So summer, camp, kids, parenting, … Continue reading

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New column: “Pay attention to me!”

Actually, the newspaper changed the title of this week’s column to “Every mom faces a precarious balancing act,” but I’m a temperamental artist and I like mine better. If I had my druthers, the title would read, “Every parent faces … Continue reading

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New column: “The wilderness of parenthood”

Hi, all! My column in The Greenville News this week is all about frontiering in the parenting wilderness. Just call me Laura Ingalls. Hope y’all enjoy! To read, click here.

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New column: “Bittersweet: from old dog to new puppy”

This week’s column in The Greenville News is about the experience of moving from our sweet old dog to a brand new puppy, and all the emotions–and worries–that come with it. To read, click here.

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New column: “Life–and parenthood–is bittersweet”

My column this week in The Greenville News is about the bittersweet experience of taking my older daughter to camp, among other things. Sure hope y’all enjoy! To read, click here.

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