Category: Ages & Stages

  • Pinball Mom

    Pinball Mom

    I sit with my three-year-old daughter in the dining room as she kicks and screams. I’ve tried holding her, talking to her, yelling at her, yet nothing is working to calm her. I’m asking her why we’ve placed her in time out (to finish the thing up), but I might as well be speaking Dutch […]

  • 080 // Creativity & Curiosity – Tami Leitz

    080 // Creativity & Curiosity – Tami Leitz

    Host Emily Sue Allen chats with mom and artist Tami Leitz about creativity, curiosity, and parenting kids with special needs as part of the Ages & Stages of Childhood series on Kindred Mom. Subscribe to Kindred Mom and receive the weekly digest newsletter we send to our readers/listeners! Follow Kindred Mom on Instagram Follow Kindred Mom […]

  • The Wisest Investment Parents Can Make

    The Wisest Investment Parents Can Make

    I knew this moment was coming, but somehow it arrived more quickly than I anticipated. As I hesitantly retrieve the last remaining penny from the jar, I’m forced to face the reality that my firstborns’ childhood has now come to a close. Nine hundred thirty-six weeks have passed since my triplet sons made me a […]

  • Outside Looking In: Marking the Chapters of Motherhood

    Outside Looking In: Marking the Chapters of Motherhood

    I scan the shelf at our neighborhood’s public library until I find the book I had placed on hold. I grab it with a sense of accomplishment: this morning is for running errands and getting things done. This is the third stop on my list, and I relish how productive I can be on a […]

  • 079 // Leadership in Motherhood – Lindsey Cornett & Mary Kate Brown

    079 // Leadership in Motherhood – Lindsey Cornett & Mary Kate Brown

    Kindred Mom team members Mary Kate Brown and Lindsey Cornett join host Emily Sue Allen for a conversation about leadership in motherhood as part of the Ages & Stages of Childhood series on Kindred Mom. This episode explores how principles of leadership from any other sphere apply to motherhood and support a thriving family culture. Subscribe […]

  • It Just Gets Better

    It Just Gets Better

    “Come on kids, we’re going to the beach today,” I announced one morning. They’d grown accustomed to impromptu beach days since our move to Western Michigan in early spring. Fortunately, living on the West side of Grand Rapids meant a number of gorgeous beaches were well within a forty-minute drive of our rental home.  I […]

  • What in the World Will You Do With Yourself?

    What in the World Will You Do With Yourself?

    Floor plans and scholarship applications litter my dining room table these days, and the talk around dinner is all about the future. Life as I know it is about to undergo a drastic change here on this country hill. Having homeschooled a brood of four sons for the past twenty-one years, I’ve seen our story […]

  • Lessons Learned in the Produce Aisle

    Lessons Learned in the Produce Aisle

    Nothing in my life welcomed unsolicited (and unhelpful) advice quite like the terrible twos. Though tenderly given, the primary encouragement I received loudly affirmed, “Just wait until she’s three! Three is far worse.” The exact statement varied, but the big idea was clear: no one liked three and I wouldn’t either. Two was hard, and […]

  • You’re the Worst!

    You’re the Worst!

    She was standing in her partly-open doorway, leaning slightly forward at the waist, fists balled, arms locked and sticking out a bit behind her, yelling. “You never want to do anything fun! Only boring stuff! I HATE YOU!!! YOU’RE THE WORST!!! MAYBE IF YOU COULD BE GOOD AT ANYTHING FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE, THIS […]

  • 078 // Legacy Begins in the Little Years – Jennifer Van Winkle & Song Harri

    078 // Legacy Begins in the Little Years – Jennifer Van Winkle & Song Harri

    Kindred Mom team member Jenni Van Winkle and KM Alum Song Harri join host Emily Sue Allen for a conversation about building a legacy beginning in the early years of childhood, as part of the Ages & Stages of Childhood series on Kindred Mom. This episode explores the investment moms can make in their children that […]