Parenting on a Planet in Pain

I’m honoured to have an article in the recent issue of Christian Century. It contains reflections on kids and their perception of animals, parenting in a climate crisis, and postpartum depression. Read more here.

“After the birth of each of my children, I found myself experiencing an overwhelming combination of guilt and despair. I would look into their tiny faces and ask, “How do I share with you the brokenness of this world? How do I bring you into its deep cruelty without dampening your joy?” I couldn’t bear the grief at the incongruity between their sweetness and the world in which that sweetness had to walk. Over time the depression lessened, but I still, even today, find myself hovering between trying to shield my children from this world’s pain and sharing with them the reality of the world.”