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Working Hard to Stay-at-Home

I wish I had known how much I would love being a mother. How could I have anticipated the depth of this love? My heart opens with wonder when I watch my two-year-old son lift his arms, snap his fingers, and sway to music. Any music. We could be in the check out line at Walgreens and if he hears music, he lifts his arms in praise. Oh, the world is good to him. Despite the little, blue bruise on…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

When He Naps

When he naps, I meditate. I nurse him down to sleep. Milk and song mingle together and soon his breath moves into the rhythms of dreamland. We breathe together as a calm, holy, wonder moves through the house. Toys are still. Dishes are done and the leaves outside dance in the wind. I stay home with this boy and offer my light to him. I know that this is sacred work. Naptime is particularly precious. His little form needs the…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Tomorrow You Turn Two

Tomorrow you turn two. You are my little one, my constant companion, my sweet guy. Soon you will have journeyed twice around our glorious sun. Today, I watch you move, jump, and dance. We practice singing “Happy Birthday” in the mirror. I make up words and blow on your belly. Delight fills my soul as you laugh. Two years ago at this very time, my labor was picking up. I moaned with each contraction. I swayed and cried. I did…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Tiny Outfits of Wonder

I now understand why my friend Betsy cried. She helped me fold my newborn son’s clothes and tears of missing rolled down her kind face. Together we marveled at tiny infant onesies, little blue shirts reading “Mama’s Big Guy”, and soft, precious fibers clothing the body of innocence. Betsy’s children are now out of college. It had been many years since she folded the attire of a little one. There’s a powerful mother’s remembering of, and a certain sweet longing…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

The Hard Heart of Parenting

My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned. After several attempts to wrestle him into some clothes, he runs out of the room crying “No!” My son says “Stop!” and “No!” frequently these days. He even asserts his…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Tantrums: How Best to Respond?

To view a webinar I made on this subject, click here.  What is a tantrum? According to the National Association of School Psychologists, a tantrum occurs when a young child, usually between the ages of 1-1/2 to 4, experiences a mixture of anger and sadness to the point where he or she looses control. A child doesn’t consciously choose to have a tantrum. A tantrum is an overwhelming expression of feeling that is frightening for a child to experience. It’s…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn