Poem for a Wakeful Baby

  2:37 a.m. Weary of wakeful child I rock against his reluctance. Soft songs don’t lull. Warm milk doesn’t lure. It’s possible to adore yet wish him unconscious.   A soft hand pats my face, pulls my lip. He stands on my lap reaching for window-framed moonlight. The sight of his round-cheeked beauty pours sudden … Continue reading Poem for a Wakeful Baby

Poem for an Almost-Grown Child

So Soon  I’m reminded of an egg’s brief perfection. What grows within must crack what contains it. At seventeen you squint at farther horizons bits of childhood still in your hair, your walk, your laugh.   Behind you this place we fashioned, each twig bent to nestle you just so, will ever after be changed … Continue reading Poem for an Almost-Grown Child

Fed Up With Mandatory Snacking

  I’ll never live down my bad reputation as the anti-snack mom in a certain group. Okay, in pretty much every organized activity my kids have been in.   At least where we live, a group snack has become de rigueur. It doesn’t seem to matter if the little darlings are twirling at gymnastics or sitting on their … Continue reading Fed Up With Mandatory Snacking

Is Your Child’s Behavior Affected By Diet?

  I’m one of those annoying people.  I grow enough organic produce to put up hundreds of jars of home canned goods each year. I grind grain to make fresh flour, use coconut oil instead of canola, even make my own herbal tinctures. I was probably a little nutty about nutrition before I had kids. Believe … Continue reading Is Your Child’s Behavior Affected By Diet?