No Elsas (or Rachels) Here: Teaching My Daughter to “Identify” as Her Own Beautiful Self

Check this scene: K: *ties a blue towel around her neck and flips her ponytail over her shoulder* Look Mommy! I’m Elsa. Mommy: Ummm no. You’re K. K: *looks at me like I’m dumb* But I want to be Elsa! Mommy: Why, K? K: Because Elsa has pretty hair and dresses. Mommy: Well you have …

When the Devil is Busy, Don’t Get Mad…Get Foolish.

I am so excited. All week I’ve been preparing for the launch of my new ebook, “Diaper Bags and Church Shoes: Living at the Intersection of Faith and Motherhood” (with a foreword by MBB’s Head Mommy/Sistah/All-Around-Fabness, Denene Millner) In an effort to promote the stories, many of which have appeared right here on MyBrownBaby, I’ve been …

What Blazing Trails Feels Like and Other Revelations

This post was originally published at MyBrownBaby.com So I suppose this post might be just a wee bit too transparent; too revealing. My apologies, in advance. However, for my own sanity, I have to, once again, shed my halo and tell my whole, ugly truth. Here goes: Sometimes I’m incredibly envious of people. Not rolling-my-eyes-and-I-hate-their-guts …

[MyBrownBaby] Start With the Heart: How To Teach Children To Do the Right Thing

  Seems like lately, in my MyBrownBaby Faith and Motherhood column, I’ve been talking a lot about issues related to my daughter’s behavior. Everything from sneakiness to her being extra-friendly to strangers. Specifically, I’ve been writing about how I interpret the things she says and does and how her actions often shine a light on …

[MyBrownBaby] Lean In and Have It All—Finding Work/Life Balance, YOUR Way

My mind was blown. I was sitting at my computer watching some random Ted Talk when Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, asked the men in the audience this: “How many of you have ever been asked ‘How do you do it all?’” Not one man raised his hand. She went on to point …

[My Brown Baby] Forget 2014 Resolutions, It’s time for a New Year’s REVOLUTION

Revolution (noun) \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən – a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.; the overthrow of a system. I suck at New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong; I’m pretty decent at setting professional goals and breaking my neck (literally, it feels like sometimes) to meet them. But when it comes …