Author: Holly Crawshaw

Ten Reasons Having Kids Is Awesome

It’s easy to focus on all the negatives involved with having kids. They’re . . . inconvenient, selfish, messy, unpredictable, irrational, and one of the most expensive investments you’ll ever make. Raising kids is tough—that’s for sure. But it’s not all bad. In fact, some days with kids are absolute magic. Watching their eyes light up with recognition when they see your face. Hearing their belly laugh for the first time. Witnessing them learn a new skill or reach a new level. Christmas morning with kids . . . yeah. Parenting is one of the few situations in life...

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What I Learned About Having The TALK

If you haven’t read THE TALK – Part 1, I would recommend you check it out before reading further. The Talk – Part 1 Recently, I had THE TALK with my third-grade daughter. Do you guys remember the TV show Blossom? It aired in the 90’s on NBC and dealt with issues like drugs, alcohol, and teenage pregnancy. It was a borderline controversial show back then, so naturally, I was totally into it. I remember an episode where one of the characters got her period for the first time. I was watching with my older sister and a friend...

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How to Know Your Kid is Ready for THE TALK

Part 1 – THE TALK You know which talk I’m talking about. THE “TALK” talk. THE TALK that no parent looks forward to, but all parents know is critical. THE TALK that reduces most of us to our middle-school-selves, all tongue-tied, darty-eyed, and fidgety. THE TALK parents desperately want to do well, but THE TALK we’re sure we’ll screw up, delivering a debilitating blow to the healthy development of our children. Recently, I had THE TALK with my third grade daughter, Lilah. Now, before you screenshot this and send it to your friend with the caption “THIS CLEARLY UNSTABLE MOTHER HAD...

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Helping Kids Learn to Deal with Friends Who Are Mean

If there’s one parenting goal that I want to consistently crush, it’s to be relentlessly vigilant when it comes to my kids’ friendships. If you follow this blog, you know that we talk a lot about the importance of community and friendship – about widening the circle. We value diversity. We value wisdom. We value building an on-purpose support system for our families because we know that life is better, together. But we also know something else. Friendships help determine the direction and quality of a person’s life. It’s true for adults, and it’s also true for children and...

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When Asking For Help Is Not Enough

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself in this situation often: eyes closed, fists clenched, blood pressure rising, and the only words you can grumble are . . . God, help me. The chocolate milk has been spilled for the fourth time in one meal. God, help me. The whining plays on a loop like fingernails dragging down a chalkboard. God, help me. The arguing in the backseat has persisted from the moment the car doors opened. God, help me. The walls got new artwork, courtesy of a curious toddler and a pack of now-destroyed markers. God, help...

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