A Dad Knows What He's Doing. We Should Just Let Him Do It.

What our “Dad’s babysitting tonight” and our “Your wife is so fortunate to have a helper like you” does is it unconsciously undermines who men are as parents. Babysitters and helpers don’t know their children. Babysitters and helpers don’t have to stick around.
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Dear Lastborn Son: These Things You Should Understand

There is a sadness you brought with you (if, in the future, you happen to notice this sadness shaking my face, it is nothing to do with who you are). Because everything I watch you do will be the last time.
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What Rejection Really Means in the Life of a Writer

Some people will love what we write and some just won’t. There’s nothing we can do about that. If we try to please them all, we’d never have a book.
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Family on Purpose:

March – We Choose Joy. Adventure. Play.

The third book in the monthly “Family on Purpose” series is available now.

In the Family on Purpose series, Rachel opens up her journals, and, essentially, her family life to the eyes of her readers in ways that lets them stand in unashamed solidarity and whisper, “me too.” With essays about failed expectations, overcoming victim mentality and the pride that comes before a hard fall and how we can find courage enough to rise again, the Family on Purpose series promises hope and encouragement to readers who turn that last page.

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This is How You Know: a book of poetry – $3.99

In This is How You Know, Rachel Toalson turns ordinary moments into poetry. Her poems about children, friendship, love, anxiety, gender expectations, fear, struggle, hope, and so much more capture everyday life with humor, irony and all the seriousness that turns poetry into a window to the world. She gives her readers the gift of presence, and hopes, in her own words, that “we find ourselves in each other.”

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Meet Rachel

I have always had two dreams in life: to write books and to sing songs. One of the lucky ones, I get to do both. A journalist by trade, I craft my stories and essays and songs by night, after children are put to bed. My six little boys are live-in muses, as is my husband, whom I have loved madly (sometimes, literally, madly) for 12 years.
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