Parenting OUTloud

Parenting OUTloud

by Kelly Crenshaw

Friday, August 18, 2017

Blending Families

No matter how you add kids to your household, things have to change. Schedules, furniture, and meal selections become different in many ways. Get-togethers with family and friends involve options for folks of all ages, or involve babysitters and details.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Butterflies & Bugs

We live in the country, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that our kids get excited by country-type pursuits. They love campfires, camping, and s’mores. Kids of all ages enjoy the horses, goats, and cows. And, there’s nothing we like more than coming home to our park-like setting.

Friday, July 21, 2017

True Love: A Beautiful Thing

This summer has been a season of change and growth for my kids. The baby is talking up a storm, making two- and three-word sentences. One of my older kids has graduated and is now working as a licensed cosmetologist. Another of my unofficial kids (those who didn’t actually grow up in my house) is heading off to graduate school at an Ivy League university.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Pet Peeves?

Do you have any pet peeves? One of my friends hates it when people turn off their cars without allowing the windshield wipers to return to the rest position. Another loses her mind when her kids leave towels on the bathroom floor. Some folks’ peeves are health related – people drinking from a common container, for example. Others are merely an annoyance factor – wearing colors that don’t exactly match.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Raising Proud Kids

Our society is so focused on making every kid a winner these days. Every ballplayer gets a trophy. Every classroom hands out awards. We give our kids rewards just for breathing. And frankly, I think this is causing our kids to lose their sense of pride. They don’t understand what it is to really win at something. They don’t get a chance to speak out about who they are and how hard they’ve worked to achieve their goals. They’re always winners. While I understand the desire to help our children understand success, I don’t understand never helping them grow from their defeats.


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