Encouragement and Inspiration for a Family Transformed
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By Rachel Toalson
I wrote a note for my boys, reminding them of the most-frequently-forgotten rules. Feel free to use this letter as many times as you need. I’ve already read it to them twenty-six times today, because that’s how often they’ve forgotten.
How will they learn the magnitude of speaking lovingly and truthfully and respectfully if they do not first see it from me?
In this episode, Rachel talks about a humorous series of fairy tale retellings, a helpful book for writers, the thrill of returning to one’s hometown, the power of letting the pressure off goals and an emotionally charged song by Kelly Clarkson.
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.
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.”
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.