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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 the end of the summer, I brought him and my daughter on a business trip with me to look at another school. We were flying to Washington, D.C. and our […]



Your Child in a Word

random scrabble tiles accompanied by the text What word do you hope will describe your child when they grow up?

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 are eighteen years old. I do this to help parents look at the end of most of their parenting duties and focus on how to help their child develop into […]



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 not modeling those behaviors themselves. It’s an interesting, yet disappointing point of view and one that I see frequently. Ultimately, our children learn the most from watching how we interact […]



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. Sometimes I’m melancholy and sometimes gleeful, yet I try to think of the parenting snapshots I’d really like to hold on to. I also think of a few that I’m […]



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 in my life from my father, husband, brother, and loving uncles to mentors and educators who supported me and celebrated my success and achievements. Not all women are as lucky […]



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 conceived, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that I was pregnant. Yet years of infertility and my doctor’s suggestion that it would be nearly impossible for me to conceive again, […]



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 her school. She loves her sorority, her dorm floor, and the beauty that comes with being on her own and having someone else pay most of her expenses. In February, […]



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 journey a very nice one. I’d like to take credit for how fabulous he is, but he deserves the kudos far more than I do. I’m pretty sure that he […]



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 life. Yet I meet so many women who, within minutes of meeting them, I realize that they have all of their eggs in their kids' baskets. This is certainly understandable […]