Welcome to Up Parenting Creek!

We are a group of parents from all around the United States who, like you, are trying to figure out this parenting thing. Our experiences are as varied as yours.

You get it – parenting is hard. The stakes are high and we want to get it right. Everyone is trying their best, but we are too often filled with self-doubt.

At Up Parenting Creek, we know that parents are always looking for new ideas, new tools. We believe we’re on this wild ride together. We’re sharing our thoughts on the blog and hope you’ll join us as we navigate life’s ups and downs.


Recent Articles

Stuck In The Middle With You – From One Middle Child To Another

March 16, 2016

“I don’t love you anymore.” These words would strike a dagger into the hearts of most parents. The child you helped bring in this world – the one who you STILL help get his shoes on EVERY TIME he leaves the house – the one you feed 2 times before you even sit down at … Read more


For the Love of Humankind: A Bit of Sanity for the Overworked Parent

March 14, 2016

Philanthropy – a word from Greek origin that translates to “ for the love of mankind”. Philanthropists are generous, donating time and/or money where profit is not a motive. This idea, though still at the core of philanthropy, is evolving. Everyday people use their buying power to effect change when they support organizations that ‘give … Read more

Kim Harkness

Even the Dog is Intense: Giftedness, Intensity, and Collie Puppies

March 9, 2016

Last Sunday was our 4 month old Scotch Collie puppy’s first training class. It was Tikki’s first class but I’ve been through this before with previous dogs. I manhandled Tikki past the other puppies to a clear section along the outside of the training ring. Unlike our old lab mix, there was no frantic leash pulling to reach … Read more


Supporting a New Adoptive Parent

March 7, 2016

You know how the saying about assuming goes…. Over time I have found the creation of family to be a precarious thing. For some, the almost fairytale scenario of marriage, giving birth to children and expanding the family ranks seems, well easy. Yet for others, the road to a larger family is much more challenging. … Read more


Tales of a New Mom – From the Trenches at 5 Weeks

March 2, 2016

It’s been 5.5 years since I’ve done the new mom thing. Some things are coming slowly back to me, and some feel/are new. New Babies Are So Tiny (and Floppy): R was 6lbs 2oz at birth, and we’re currently working towards 8lbs. Words like peanut, nugget, itty bitty, etc. all spring to mind when I … Read more


A Crash Course in Gentle Parenting: Toddlers and Mini-Carts Don’t Mix

February 29, 2016

My husband and I recently took our toddlers to a new grocery store in town. The market is known for its amazing deals on produce, impressive bulk selection, and (among the 6-and-under-crowd) for the line of shiny red pint-sized carts waiting just inside the front doors. “They are going to love this!” I said, laughing … Read more

Julianne Van't Land