Sometimes there aren’t enough words to get through something so awful, something so treacherous, that you can’t even begin to wrap your head around it.   Sometimes life is unpredictable, scary, and really, really unfair.   Sometimes innocence is cut short, even though it shouldn’t be.   Sometimes moving forward seems like an impossible task.  […]

A Little Bit Me First

I have a confession to make:  I don’t like going to the dentist.   I know, I know, no one likes going to the dentist.  But I really don’t like it.  I avoid it at all costs.  I think about it often.  I know that the more I put it off, the worse it will […]

Savoring the Magic

The holidays and stress always seem to go hand in hand.  Which is a shame, really, because the holiday season should be about family, togetherness, and giving.  It should be about peace and goodwill toward others.   And yet, year after year, the complaints of holiday stress start rolling in right around the end of […]

Get Down and Play

Parents are busy these days.  There are jobs, kids, errands, relationships, and friendships to care for.  Not to mention the PTA meetings to attend.   Some parents seem to move from task to task flawlessly.  They have it down, you think, as they buy holiday gifts from Amazon while running on the treadmill.   But […]

Tech Free Holiday

What’s the best tablet for toddlers?   It’s a question I see over and over again on Facebook and in my Twitter stream.   And it’s always followed by…   I want my phone/tablet back!   I won’t pretend that my kids are tech free.  They’re not.  And I don’t think they should be.  They […]

In Pursuit of Passion

For years, parents have been coached to focus on the well-rounded child.  A little bit of everything is the key to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton…or so the story goes.   Children should read a lot, play several sports, try a few instruments, write, sing, dance, and the list goes on.  Are you exhausted yet?  I […]

Small Moments of Me Time

Parenting is fun.  Parenting is exciting.  Parenting is full of wonder.  Parenting is the greatest adventure of all…   But parenting is tiring.  It’s busy.  There is always something to do, always someone to see, and always somewhere to be.  The to-do list seems to grow by the minute.  The more items I check off […]

The Great Candy Debate

I have to be honest, it has never occurred to me to put candy in my daughter’s lunchbox.   I didn’t need to hear the teacher’s discussion about healthy choices and please no sugary treats during orientation.  I don’t need the repeated mentions in the weekly newsletter…   Please give your child protein in the […]

The Soccer Mom

I’m starting to feel like a broken record.  It seems as if I just can’t get beyond that one annoying scratch.  The one that inevitably leaves you repeating the same lyric over and over and over again.   I would like to move on.  I would like to believe that parents could step back and […]

Searching for Balance

Parenting is a balancing act.   Sometimes finding balance comes easily, like on the lowest balance beam of the toddler gym class.  We hit an obstacle but the answer seems to appear right before us, as if we knew it all along.  We can solve almost any problem with that powerful combination of adrenaline and […]