Parenting OUTloud

Parenting OUTloud

by Kelly Crenshaw

Friday, September 15, 2017

Terrible Twos

Many of you know the story of our youngest Cassandra. She was born addicted to eight different substances and spent weeks in the neonatal ICU for detox. That was followed by months of medication to alleviate the symptoms. She is currently over a year completely drug-free.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Other People’s Kids

As parents, we all like to think that our kids are perfect. We love every developmental milestone passed. Our kids are the cutest and the brightest and the best behaved– except when they’re not.

I’m that mom. I’m the mom who cringes when my kid says something inappropriate. I’m the mom who seems too strict. My kids have some serious behavior issues. Not all of them, of course, but many. They came from bad situations and complicated lives. They brought that baggage into our home and it doesn’t just go away, like many people seem to think. So, we’ve learned to adapt our parenting styles to best meet the needs of our kids.

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.


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