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Skills I want my children to have

When I was a kid, my sisters and I would play a lot of pretend games. We would often play “old timey” or alternatively, “future.” When we would play “future,” my favorite prop was a rectangular piece of cardboard I had turned into a magic touch-screen device that could access all information in every book (read more…)

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What would you tell a young twenty-something about simple living?

It’s unfathomable that next summer will be my 20th high school reunion. Because last I checked, I’m still living in an apartment with three other girls, drinking a daily dose of Dr. Pepper and listening to The Cranberries while stressing over that geology final. Apparently not, according to the three people calling me Mom every (read more…)

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Giving each other the space to be authentic

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there’s been a recent shift in the way that many of us talk to each other. “Oooh, your kids are all in school full-time now – aren’t you so excited?” Or this one: “Oh, you moved into a new house – aren’t you so happy?” We think (read more…)

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Location matters. Community matters.

We’ve met a few “location-independent” people on our travels—usually singles, though there’s an occasional family—that doesn’t live anywhere in particular. They live where the wind takes them. Their work is done online, so they’re able to live out of their backpacks and move about the cabin indefinitely. Essentially, they do what we’re doing for the (read more…)

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Three kinds of expectations

It’s still the most surprising thing Becky has ever said to me. “OK,” she declared. “I’ve decided to lower my expectations of you.” Becky has a theory and after two decades together I’m convinced she’s right: Most conflict and unhappiness in relationships comes from three kinds of expectations. Unreasonable Sometimes our expectations are unreasonable. In (read more…)

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