Category Archives: Parenting


The Baby’s Journey

Young man with back to the camera with a backpack over one shoulder looking at the mountains in the distance

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 […]



The Perfect Family

As summer was winding down and two of my children were about to fly the nest, my husband set our camera up and got this shot of our family.

I […]



When the Kids Leave, Who Are We?

I will be in a car heading to a college where I will leave my only daughter to start her adult life without me. I am equal parts miserable and giddy with excitement.

As you read this, I will be in a car heading to a college in the middle of Pennsylvania where I will leave my only daughter to start her adult […]



Regrets of Motherhood

I try not to spend too much time looking backwards, but rather living in the moment and enjoying the time I have with my children today. Yet I’m frequently asked as both a mother and a psychologist what I might do differently if I had to do motherhood again.

As I prepare to send my second child off to college, and my third child only two years after that, the empty nest looms large and a bit scary for […]



Lamby

We don't remember who gave her the soft, part blanket/part stuffed animal appropriately named Lamby but somehow Lamby became her favorite comfort object and went with her everywhere.

We don't remember who gave her the soft, part blanket/part stuffed animal appropriately named Lamby but somehow Lamby became her favorite comfort object and went with her everywhere.  Our sweet […]



A Girl’s Graduation

Today is the day my daughter graduates from high school. I'm proud of my girl and can't wait to see what she tackles next. I'm also a bit jealous. In four years, my girl will be finishing college in a world so dramatically different from mine at her age.

Today is the day my daughter graduates from high school. I'm proud of my girl and can't wait to see what she tackles next. I'm also a bit jealous. In […]



Did We Appreciate the Time We Had With Our Children?

At one point my friend looked at me with a sad look on her face and said, “Do you think we appreciated them enough when they were that age?”

One of my dear friends is the mother of my daughter's very best friend in the world. My friend and I have been more than a bit emotional this year […]