Author: Kristen Ivy

Post Election Conversations: Your Kids are Listening More Than You Think

Yesterday was a strange day. This is the fifth election in which I was old enough to vote, and I cannot remember one with this level of intensity. Maybe I’ve forgotten. There were definitely intense feelings surrounding W. Bush and Obama, but nothing that felt like it carried the same level of emotion. When I opened Facebook yesterday morning, what I saw almost took my breath away. The reactions were everywhere. They were intense. They were coming from people I typically don’t see getting involved in political or controversial issues. I was up early because it was my morning...

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Your Teenager Is a Liar

I like teenagers. I’ve spent over fifteen years choosing to spend time with them. I’ve slept on basement floors, ridden on charter busses, and eaten my fair share of camp food just so I can hang out with them. Honestly, given the choice, I would rather hang out with a group of teenagers than a group of adults—most days. They are fun. They are uninhibited. They are creative. And they are liars. All of them. It’s kind of impressive actually. Adolescence is the playground of ingenuity. Most teenagers possess an innate ability to come up with some fairly creative,...

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What Your Kid Isn’t Telling You

I was cutting out paper hearts with my four-year-old at the kitchen counter when it happened. You can imagine: craft paper spread out around us, Elmer’s glue, the class roster, all the essentials for making valentines to give to each friend in her preschool class.  Hensley, unlike some girls her age, has never shown any particular interest in boys. She reads, imagines, draws, dresses up, and plays with boys and girls alike. I guess secretly I liked that she seemed silent on the idea of romance. She is four, let’s not rush it. But then she gave herself away. “Mama,...

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Season’s Greetings

Top 10 reasons for sending a Christmas card 1. I don’t want people to forget about me. 2. I don’t want to get in trouble with my mom. 3. I want everyone to see that I lost weight this year. 4. I need to make at least one every year to put in our family album. 5. It’s part of my annual to-do list and I don’t think Santa can come unless I finish my list. 6. I got a really great coupon. 7. We took a cool vacation this year that I want people to know about. 8....

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The Stories of Childhood

“I can’t live like this anymore!” – said my two-year-old from her crib. It was one of those moments when my eyes got wide and my mouth literally fell open like a cartoon. My mind raced back through the past three minutes. What had I done to make my toddler suddenly feel the emotions of a thirteen-year-old ready to run away from home? Then it clicked. She was smiling and looking at me like this was a game. She was pretending. . . and that was a line from Frozen. Just how she remembered exact lines from a movie she...

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