Parenting OUTloud

Parenting OUTloud

by Kelly Crenshaw

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lesson Learned

If you’ve followed this column over time, you realize that my kids come in all ages. And, you probably realize that some of my kids face challenges of mental health, cognitive issues, or physical disabilities. While having a family with special-needs kids is certainly not unique, by any means, my experiences have given me an interesting viewpoint into how kids mature and develop.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Power of Dirt

Cassandra is learning to share. She will share her toys (sometimes), and she absolutely loves to share her food. Just yesterday, she and I shared a glass of ice water. She drank her share and then passed it to me. She helped me hold the glass, as I always do with her, and was not satisfied until I drank some of the water. We continued to drink, passing the glass back and forth, for several minutes. She beamed every time I took a drink.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Nothing hurts quite as much as the breakup of a long-term relationship. This is the person who knows more about you than anyone else. This is the person you’ve trusted and loved. This is the person who’s seen you at your best and your worst, still sticking around– until the day they didn’t.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Projects

Spring is here. Trees are budding. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. And, I have a renewed dedication to making things look amazing. It happens every year. I get this burst of energy and decide that we’re going to get all those unfinished projects completed, all the while taking on about a dozen more.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Power Struggles

It was many years ago– more than I’d care to admit. I was standing in the doorway of the living room in our house. Looking straight ahead, into the next room, I could see my firstborn. He was about two years old. Turning to my right, I could see my oldest child standing on the staircase. She was about 16 years old.


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