Widen The Circle

Widen The Circle

Special Needs Parenting is Too Big to Do Alone

Families affected by disability are in chronic need of supportive community to do life together. But friends and even family—all with the best of intentions—can sometimes express comments that land… Read More

Special Topics | Widen The Circle

4 Things I Want to Be for My Grandkids

Nobody is making me do this. I do it because my grandkids love it, and if it makes their sticky faces light up, I’m all in. But my job as… Read More

Social Life | Widen The Circle

Bigger Than Your House

I wasn’t expecting her joy to make me question mine. Part of my job as a youth pastor has been to rally parents to embrace the development and growing independence of their children. Especially as they enter middle school. I remind them… Read More

School Life | Widen The Circle

4 Ways to Connect with Your Kid’s Teacher

Do you remember your first grade teacher? I loved mine. I remember how Ms. Parker erased the board from left to right every day and then wrote the new date in the top right hand corner. I also remember how she showed… Read More

Social Life | Widen The Circle

Share Your Kids

I’m learning that friendship, as a parent, is even more life-giving (life-saving?) now than ever before. And this says a lot coming from a friendship-nostalgia-freak who has a file box of every single note I received in middle and high school organized… Read More