For over a year, I’ve been reducing the amount of animal product in my diet. For me, meat was easy to give up but cheese and baking (which usually contains dairy and eggs) have been more difficult to reduce and I can’t bring myself to spoil a good coffee by using a milk substitute. Even so, I have come a long way and my diet is now only lightly sprinkled with animal products rather than liberally doused with them as it once was. But, this essay is not about dietary choices (stick with me and we’ll get to the parenting stuff in a smidge).
“I got a new Tom Gates book from the library today,” Jake enthused as he emptied his school bag one afternoon. However, when he pulled the book out from his bag, it was damp and warped. “Uh-oh, the book got wet,” he said. “How did it get wet?” I asked, although I already had my […]
https://www.julielouisson.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/take-responsibility.jpg11571397adminhttps://www.julielouisson.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/grey-signature-resized-for-website-450-95-e1555617181895.pngadmin2020-02-16 00:05:572020-02-10 10:04:59Teaching Children to Take Responsibility for their Mistakes
It’s 1:53pm on an ordinary school holiday Friday and I have locked myself in my bedroom, leaving my kids to fend for themselves downstairs. I’m not being entirely irresponsible. Before coming up here, I reminded them to put hats & sunscreen on if they go outside. I then told them where I’d be and that […]
For this, my 100th essay, it seemed fitting to take a moment to reflect on all that I’ve learned both from parenting and from writing about parenting. If someone were to ask me, “what is soulful parenting?” what would I say, now that I’m 100 essays in? The obvious place to start is with the […]