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  How to move away from shame-based parenting   *** “You disgust me.” “What’s wrong with you?” “This is so embarrassing.” “Why can’t you just behave?!” OK. I get it. Parenting is (really) hard sometimes. I have yet to meet a parent who hasn’t said something in the heat of anger or overwhelm that she or he regrets – sometimes deeply regrets. Read more.

  • March 15, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

On being called a traitor

Traitor. Christ hater. Liar. Secret Muslim. Whew! Upon the publication of my most recent PhillyVoice article entitled Take heart America: Standing in courageous unity with our Muslim American citizens, I took a deep breath. Given that hate speech/crimes against Muslims in the US are at a record high, I understood that I was putting myself out there in calling for the principles of friendship, respect, and pride in our diverse American tapestry to guide our hearts at this time. But I…

  • December 18, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

“I won’t hit you”

This evening, my 3 and-a-half year old son pretended to read. He used his finger to follow the shapes of words moving slowly from left to right. I watched him turn a framed poem by Khalil Gibran into a window wherein I could view his evolving and unfolding consciousness. “Look Mama, Daddy wrote me a letter!” He smiled and began reading. “Dear Taber, thank you for this day… ” The beginning sounded like the prayers we say at meal time and…

  • August 4, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Magical

  How grateful I am for this boy. Yes, upon hearing for the 20th time in one day, “Momma, let’s play trucks!” I find myself digging deeply into a motherhood well of patience. I am 41 and know more about diggers, backhoe loaders and excavators now than at any other point in my life. Yes, there are moments that are challenging and yet …  overall, due to the presence of this 3 1/2-year-old wonder, magical moments permeate my day. Truly. I watch my son marvel…

  • June 27, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Joseph Campbell, Love, and “Follow Your Bliss”

I delivered this sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, July 27th. Note that the myth of Cupid and Psyche was shared with the congregation earlier in the service.  I build upon this myth as I reflect upon human love. ____ In the story of Psyche, our protagonist sets out to find her lover despite tremendous odds. The search for a beloved is a reoccurring theme found in mythologies worldwide. It is also a reoccurring theme…

  • January 28, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

In Lieu of Presents

Today, my son Taber turns three and we celebrate at the beach. Balloons, homemade gluten-free cake, beer, and a wide variety of vegetarian dishes grace our table. Friends gather with children and we play an “introduce yourself” game with a large, colorful parachute. The little ones laugh loudly while running underneath, and on top of, the brightly colored material. Such joy! It’s too breezy to light candles. So my husband Clark invites Taber to blow out a flame emanating from the…

  • December 12, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Ending Corporal Punishment: Why you should never spank a child

Not long ago, laws protected the “rights of men” to use physical force to correct or punish their wives. A husband’s ability to assert his authority through corporal punishment was accepted as a social norm. Due to the dedicated efforts of activists working to improve the status of women, legal prohibitions forbidding any form of “chastisement” are now commonplace in most countries around the world. This is a good thing. While men’s violence against women continues to be a serious…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Iran on My Mind

I pull my 22-month-old son along in the hand-made red, wooden wagon my husband built last Christmas. We enjoy our familiar “wagon rides” to our local Walgreens. The cashier with wildly adorned, seasonally inspired hats greets us with a smile. I pull my son through the aisles picking up his favorite Pirate Booty “puffs” and a few odds and ends. As we move through the checkout line, I catch the headline news. For the first time in over 30 years,…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Every Mother Counts

Known for her iconic image, Christy Turlington Burns does more than model an ideal of physical beauty. Following the birth of her first child, Burns suffered from an unexpected postpartum hemorrhage. Her safe recovery depended upon the wise response of an effectively outfitted medical team. But what of women who do not have access to such care? In 2010, Burns founded Every Mother Counts in order to make “pregnancy and birth safe for every mother.” Read more.

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Circumcision, Cultural Bias, and the Question of Consent

“My penis was cut without my consent and without good reason. This will not happen to our son.” My husband speaks with clarity and conviction. Long before we became parents, my husband carefully researched the subject of male genital cutting, commonly called circumcision. His opposition to the practice is two-fold. First, there is the question of consent. Small children — let alone infants — have no capacity to consent to the surgical removal of sound body parts. Secondly, there is…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn