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Teaching My Children to Risk and Fail

Here’s the dilemma. I don’t want my children to see playing it safe is the prescription for life. But my fears as a mom often pop up as a deterrent to allowing, even encouraging, them to take risks. read more

honestly

Silencing the Voice

As I pulled out of the drive-thru, I can remember becoming aware of an inner voice. The voice wasn’t kind; it wasn’t gentle, and it was so familiar that I wasn’t necessarily conscious of it. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard it, and I was confident it wouldn’t be the last. read more

honestly

Brave Heart and Shaky Steps

I made a bucket-list of special things I wanted to do in my lifetime. Each item required a different kind of brave. Make a homemade apple pie called for culinary courage, while adopt a child required a different sort of bravery altogether. read more

self

Surrendering to Failure

Before I was a mom, I never failed at anything. Maybe I was just an exceptionally successful young adult. Perhaps I was lucky. Privileged -- of course. But looking back, I believe the absence of failure had more to do with avoiding risk than any particular giftedness. read more

honestly

Redefining the F-word

You might be wondering where our wonderful Hello, Darling house blogger, Emily Wieranga, has been recently. We are so excited to introduce our beloved Emily’s new baby, Aria Hope. read more