Category Archives: Parenting


Reverse Nesting

When I was pregnant with each of my three children, I went through a manic nesting stage. I cleaned the house, bought things for the baby and baby proofed the rooms. It was my way of trying to control what I could during a scary, emotional time.

When I was pregnant with each of my three children, I went through a manic nesting stage. I cleaned the house, bought things for the baby and baby proofed the […]



My Kid’s Harvard

My daughter will be attending a wonderful college in the fall and everything has worked out fine. Yet the insanity of the college process can be a painful one. I lay 90% of the blame of this insanity on parents. The pressure on these kids to go to the best schools in the country is rather outrageous.

The pressure on these kids to go to the best schools in the country is rather outrageous.
My daughter is a senior in high school this year. She will be […]



This Mom’s “Inside Out”

Motherhood has been the most challenging and also the most wondrous adventure of my life. How is it possible that events that so emotionally drain me also fill me with more joy than I thought possible?

I know I'm late to the party when I tell you that I just finished watching the movie, "Inside Out". As a psychologist and a life coach, I absolutely loved […]



Accepting Our Children, Accepting Ourselves

Now, it appears, my job is simply to accept my children and their decisions. I wish someone had warned me about this turn of events earlier.

As my three children get older, it appears that they are going to do what they want to do. It’s shocking. I was really hoping that they would let me […]



The Last Summer?

All summer I’ve been thinking that this may be the last summer that the five of us live together. The last summer that I have my whole family under the same roof and safely tucked in their beds each night.

This week my oldest son left to work in Europe for the next ten months. When he gets back, he is planning to go to graduate school. Those are both […]



Dear Mean Mama at Bed, Bath, and Beyond

You’ve listened, loved, yelled, cried, and almost given up, but you helped her to get to this very place. She is off to a wonderful college and you helped give her the confidence to work hard to get into that college. You’ve done your job, mama.

Dear Mean Mama,

Last week I was at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I accidentally bumped against you while you were looking at lamps. You very nastily snapped at me […]



The Kids Are Back To School Reading List

When my kids go back to school I often am able to carve out a few more minutes a day to stick my nose into a book or listen to a great audio book.

When I was a kid, I loved summer break because it meant lots more time for me to read. If my mom didn’t make me go outside every day, I […]



The Trees

At the side of our home are two beautiful trees.  They bloom once a year with soft, fluffy white blossoms.  When the two trees are in full bloom they are […]



The Carlton College Parenting Theory

This weekend my oldest child will graduate from college. As with so many other major parenting events, this one brings a whole host of mixed feelings from pride and joy to fear and sadness for the quick passage of time. I try not to have too many regrets about my parenting but there are always a few things that I would do differently.

This weekend my oldest child will graduate from college.  As with so many other major parenting events, this one brings a whole host of mixed feelings from pride and joy […]



Back Off Mom! Are Your Fears Making Your Kid Afraid?

Back Off Mom! Are Your Fears Making Your Kid Afraid?

The constant harping to "be careful" is making our children afraid of everything.

I recently sent one of my children off to college and my other two off to high […]