Experiencing emotional extremes. Sad to leave, happy about where I'm going. Just gonna keep it riiiight here in the middle and appear to feel nothing at all.

Parenting, mindfulness 

Getting lots of practice in patience, waiting for my 3-year-old to do things herself, do things in her own time, or choose to listen to what I'm asking her to do. Lots of chances to pause, be present, accept the slow-down, and choose to just observe. It doesn't always happen this way, but when it does, it feels good.

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One very bad thing about scientific papers being behind paywalls is that (competing) pseudoscience isn’t behind paywalls, so it’s easier to find misinformation online than to find facts.

If you pray...

A friend was in a car accident last night and suffered severe damage to his spine, sternum, ribs, and pelvis. His family was in a separate vehicle. He will have surgery on his spine Sunday.

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From church this morning...

Pastor: Who is to blame for the crashed airplanes?
My husband and I in unison under our breath: "capitalism."
Pastor: Who is to blame for the mass shootings?
My husband and I under our breath: "capitalism."

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If you're the praying type, would appreciate prayers for this week. We're experiencing the worst flooding in over 50 years. Pretty unreal. My family's unaffected but our hearts hurt for all the (especially rural) folks being affected.

I like to live dangerously and sip coffee from my contigo mug within the first 5 hours of filling it.

I have a 3 year old. People often tell her she is cute, or comment on how pretty she is. Any advice on how to respond to them? (Currently I laugh awkwardly and change the subject, if it's not going to be a repeat encounter). And how to follow up with my kiddo?

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Question of the Day: What's a question you've always wanted to be asked?

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This elephant puppet is in the show we just opened, the occasion of which I am celebrating. Pretty happy with how she turned out!

Just opened a theater production tonight and ... the relief of not working frantically for every waking hour is immense. Now I'm relaxing with a glass of wine and I just wanted to share, I made it. It is done. Hallelujah.

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Parenting during tantrums 

We have been doing this “Gentle Parenting” thing for most of our kid’s lives and sometimes it’s just awful. And I just want to throw something at a wall. And yell. And discipline like my parents did.

But then my kid melts into my arms after a violent tantrum saying “I just need you to hold me right now” and I know it’s working.

Just thoughts after coming down from an especially tough evening.

Thanks, friends, for sharing stories, encouragements, and wisdom. It was the lift I needed today!

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I'm a prof at a Chr. University. And it often includes supporting students at early stages of deconstruction (awesome). I have often wondered if staying in this system is wrong, a betrayal of self. It is certainly sometimes unhealthy to have to hide beliefs. But I get to do this special, professionally risky, covert work.
That is all. I've been pretty silent so far, so I thought I'd toss something out there.

Any s found strategies for curbing the perfectionism/do-more-do-better drive, while also releasing self from the guilt/constant critic nagging at you that you're not doing what you should be?
I can force myself to take a night off, for example, but it always includes the phantom "shoulds" hanging around....
Is this the invisible, endless, mental labor of wife-and-mother-hood? Is this a 1 thing? Both?

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