The Truth is, You Will

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

Can You Be Genuine and Kind?

I admit that sometimes I am not genuine or one hundred percent authentic; but if not, it's because I am trying to be something else, something that is even more important to me. I want to be kind and supportive and help someone else follow their dreams, just as my friends have supported mine. The post Can You Be Genuine and Kind? ...more

Too Sexy, Too Young

At ten, her sense of self is strong. She knows how to put together an outfit and creates just the right hairstyle to go with it. I am always impressed with her ability to match her older sister’s fur vest with a pair of leopard leggings or a jean jacket with a plaid skirt meant for the holidays ....more

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