Category Archives: Parenting


The Biggest Mom Fail of 2017 (So Far!)

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My youngest child is a senior in high school and in the process of looking at colleges. This summer, he did a few college visits with his older brother. At […]



Your Child in a Word

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Often, when I’m talking to parents of young school-aged children, I ask them to come up with a word or phrase that they hope will describe their child when they […]



Modeling Friendships for our Daughters

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A friend asked me to write about the topic of female friendships. She noticed that most of her female friends are telling their daughters how to be good friends, yet […]



Parenting Snapshots: Keepers or Not?

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As I head into my last year of having a child living full-time in my home, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking back on so many parenting moments. […]



College Tips from a Seasoned Mom

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My third child has started the college search as he moves into his senior year of high school. I’ve done the college search with two other children and thus consider […]



Father’s Day

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This weekend is Father’s Day. I like this day because I enjoy honoring my wonderful father and my husband, the father of my children. I’ve been blessed with fabulous men […]



The Baby’s Journey

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When I was thirty-seven years old and about to start a doctoral internship in psychology, I found out I was pregnant with my son. I actually know how babies are […]



Finding Our Humanity Through Kindness and Compassion

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My daughter is a freshman at Pennsylvania State University. (Penn State for those of us who are paying the bills.) My girl is having one heck of a time at […]



Twenty-Four Years of Parenting

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This week marks the 24th anniversary of my entry into parenthood. The person who welcomed me to the job is a rather wonderful young man who has made my parenting […]



Kids, Eggs, Baskets and You

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Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket?” It seems to mean, don’t depend on any one situation for your happiness or engagement in […]