A Choice of Wood

“It’s okay, Mom. I’ll take care of everything,” I stated easily, as I knew that my father wanted to be cremated, which reduced the decision-making burden. Although I was the youngest in my family, the responsibility would be mine ....more

I Want Her to Be Better than Me

I have three daughters, and of course I love them all equally. That being said, there is one that I butt heads with more, one that seems to cause my temper to flare faster and bigger. She happens to be the one just like me ....more

How to Raise “Includers”

But then I think about that little girl. The one who no one was mean to, but yet was ignored. Not even a simple hello or a nod of acknowledgment ....more

Five Women, One Track

As she strolls around and around, she watches women of all ages, shapes and sizes pass her by. She sees her happiest self, her best self, in each of them, a beautiful living scrapbook of a well-lived life. The post Five Women, One Track appeared first on Playdates on Fridays ....more

On Turning Tween

My youngest turned ten recently. She lovingly reminds me that she is officially a tween now, along with her eleven-year-old twin sisters. Having three tween daughters would scare most people, and it should ....more

The Tightrope of Self Esteem

I am making my debut on one of my favorite sites today,...more

The Shadow of Gratitude

The push and pull from practicing gratitude weighs heavily on my heart. It never comes easy to me. It is work ....more

Embarrassment versus Shame in Parenting

Because where does it end? There is a limitless list of things kids can be embarrassed about: not arriving to school in the right car or not having the right shoes; mothers who don’t wear make up or don yoga pants every day; or dads who scare boyfriends or dress in ridiculous ties. And yes, even a mom who does the Running Man ....more

Top 10 Signs You Are a Mom on a Girls Weekend

Last year was sad. No Girls Weekends. I'm changing that in 2016! ...more

Guest Post: Coffee + Crumbs

I’m sorry, young mom. I blew it. I am just so jealous of what you are about to experience that I forgot how hard it was, too ....more