The loveliest, most honest letter. "you're afraid that no one will realise just.how.hard you are working. or worse, they will think you don't mind doing all the work you're doing. or worse still, that you won't be appreciated for all the work you do. isn't that really it? you know and have seen the immeasurable benefit of peace and calm but the fear of not having your hard work acknowledged and appreciated is greater, and so you keep on moaning and groaning."
Great essay about marriage. “You have to believe that the Lord put you together in the first place.”
What Should a 4 Year Old Know? It’s back to school time and children all over are starting preschool. Many parents are frantically searching the internet to find out if their little ones are “on track” and know everything they should. I wrote this article about what a four-year-old should know many years ago but it continues to be the most popular page on the Magical Childhood site. I don’t think a week has passed in the past eight or so years when I have not received a letter from a parent, grandparent or teacher about it. Parents and principals especially have said they wish more parents realized these things. So in honor of the new school year, I’m posting it here… What should a 4 year old know? I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough. “What should a 4 year old know?” she asked. Most of the answers left me not only saddened but pretty soundly annoyed. One mom posted a laundry list of all of the things her son knew. Counting to 100, planets, how to write his first and last name, and on and on. Others chimed in with how much more their children already kne
The brilliant Anne Lamott tells the story of her first year as a mother; she was single, 35 and a recovering alcoholic. Her honest, smart and up-roaringly hilarious descriptions of new motherhood--from wondering if you're doing it right, to staying up late with the baby, to having both meltdowns and sacred moments--made me laugh out loud and tear up