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Resisting the Urge to Grow Cold

Resisting the Urge to Grow Cold

I have a good friend and apologist who posted on Facebook the other day. It wasn’t her normal careful, reasoned response. It was angry and belittling — not at all like her. I sent her a private message that said something along the lines of, “I love you, friend! Do...
Creating a Legacy of Prayer

Creating a Legacy of Prayer

I find myself in an odd stage of motherhood — both of my sons are young career adults; one is married; I’m not yet a grandmother. It’s sort of an in-between time. I feel as close to, and as far away from, motherhood as the miles (2 and 380) my sons are from me. By all...
Confessions of a Former Christian Snowflake

Confessions of a Former Christian Snowflake

Back when most of us were still in diapers, there was a trial that made some buzz on the eastern Tennessee nightly news. A parent had been flipping through her children’s classroom readers when some of the material made her conservative Spidey senses tingle. No, it...
What do Muslims Believe? A Crash Course in Islam

What do Muslims Believe? A Crash Course in Islam

Writing about Islam can be difficult because there is tension between being honest about its history while still being respectful to those who practice it. I want to make sure I’m giving you a good foundation for understanding Islam so that you can answer any...
Top Mama Bear Blogs and Podcasts of 2019!

Top Mama Bear Blogs and Podcasts of 2019!

We know a lot of you are reflecting on your personal accomplishments of 2019 (we’re cheering for you whether you won the Nobel Peace Prize, got a promotion at work, improved your health, or just put on pants every day! #babysteps). When we asked you a few weeks ago on...
Genderbread Person Part 3: Biological Sex

Genderbread Person Part 3: Biological Sex

Nothing summarizes our discussion more today than the famous scene from Kindergarten Cop where a little boy respectfully raises his hand to speak and waits to be called upon. His words of wisdom for the class that he so ardently and patiently waited to share? “Boys...
Raising Gender Healthy Kids

Raising Gender Healthy Kids

In our previous blog, we discussed gender expression, where things have gone wonky, and a possible explanation for how we got there. But there weren’t as many practical tips on how to raise your kids to be content in the body they were born in. No sense in...
The Genderbread Person, Part 1: Gender Identity

The Genderbread Person, Part 1: Gender Identity

Forget the muffin man. Do you know the Genderbread Person? If not, you need to—and especially if you have kids. The Genderbread Person is now a commonly used craft for teaching kids (at least those young enough to be interested in anthropomorphic gingerbread cookies)...
The Original Sexual Revolution

The Original Sexual Revolution

Now I would not be doing my job right if we were to leave our survey of purity culture while it was at its low point because, thank the sweet little baby Jesus, that’s not the end of the story. What we’re needing is the message that 90’s purity culture largely...
Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements

Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements

John and I were at the Iowa State Fair this weekend. (My husband loves all the fried food. Calories at the fair don’t count, right?) Among our scheduled stops, we wanted to see a band that advertised itself as a mix between Stomp and Accapella. Sounds cool right? We...