Category Archives: Parenting


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 […]



Good Bye, Dear Friend

Last month, I had to say good-bye to my beloved minivan. She’d been with me for ten years and she’d saved my life at least once.

Last month, I had to say good-bye to my beloved minivan. She’d been with me for ten years and she’d saved my life at least once. A bad driver made […]



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 […]