Karla Jacobs is a writer based in Marietta, Georgia. She is chair of the Georgia Commission on Women, a nonpartisan state commission that focuses on issues important to Georgia women. The views expressed here are hers alone.

The Accidental Benedicts

One of the toughest parts of parenting is guiding our kids through the minefield of a culture that wants them to grow up much more quickly than they should. Do we let them wear the same clothes other kids are wearing even if we think the necklines dip too low and the skirts cover too … Continued


Ben Sasse is Right about the Life Lessons of Sports

Parents invest hours of their time in youth sports. We chauffer kids to practice, we sit in the stands, we coach from the dugout or the sidelines, and we cheer and encourage our young athletes as they play their sport. We support our kids playing the games they love because we know there is something … Continued

Parenting, Sports

The Virtues of Learning to Sew

I find myself feeling nostalgic these days. My kids are growing up in a different world than the one I knew at their age. My childhood encompassed a time before personal computers, cell phones, and the internet. We had five channels on the television—my family lived so far out of town that we didn’t have … Continued


Raising Honest Kids in a Post-Truth World

All kids have a sometimes-fluid relationship with the truth. I have often wished that I had the skills of an FBI profiler, especially when faced with the smiling cherubs in front of me who certainly look like they have been up to something, even as they insist they have not. Kids can lie like an … Continued