Category Archives: Parenting


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 […]



The Fall of my Heart

Fall of my Heart

Melancholy at the Passing of Time
Since my children started school, fall has held very mixed feelings for me.  I love the change of seasons, I like the schedule of […]



3 Reasons You’re An Unhappy Parent – And What You Can Do About It

3 Reasons You’re An Unhappy Parent – And What You Can Do About It

Enjoy your children — don't smother them.

Parenting is hard work, but sometimes I think we make it even harder on ourselves. This can lead to unhappy parents, stressed out […]



The Happy and Sad Tears of Motherhood

In a couple of weeks my baby graduates from 8th grade and the era of mothering grade schoolers will be over for me.  Part of me is filled with joy […]



Grateful Children? 3 Easy Ways to Turn Your Children from Greedy to Grateful

Grateful Children - from Greedy to Grateful

I hear similar stories from the parents I work with and from friends, "How come my children are ungrateful little brats?"

From years of working with parents, I've come to […]



Bullies? I wonder where they got that.

It seems that almost every day we read a terrible story of a child suffering chronic abuse at the hands of bullies.   These aptly named people seem to be relentless […]