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Motherhood Means Letting Go

I consider walking him right back to our house where he belongs because he is not ready for school. Still, I know the truth: He is plenty ready—I am not.

My Kids Take Melatonin: Don’t Judge Me

My children take melatonin. Every. Single. Night. We refer to their nightly doses as their “meds.” As in, “Are you ready to brush your teeth, or do you still need your meds?”

Equality vs. Equity: Teaching My Boys the Difference

An innocent dinner exchange helped my kids learn about issues much more complex than chicken wings. Equality and equity.

The Magical Age When Parenting Gets Easier

I’ve asked myself countless times over my 15 years of parenting, “When the bleep is this going to get easier?”

How I Got My Kids to Help Take Care of the Dogs

Our daughters’ love for the dogs continues to grow every day and so does their interest in helping to take care of them.

Volunteerism: How to Raise Your Kids to be the Helpers

When kids see their parents volunteering for various causes, they consider it the norm. We help people--it’s just what we do. We volunteer as a family.

Sometimes You Just Need Some Rainbows

I'll never forget when an adult in my life told me "rainbows are for sissies." I was a theater kid, remember? We WERE different.

20 Life Lessons I Want my Kids to Learn

As a psychologist, I often reflect on the things that make people happy (or rather, “content.” No one is actually “happy” all the time). Through my work I get glimpses into the things that matter—the behaviors and ways of thinking that lead to satisfaction, and those that lead to misery.  And...

One Child is not a Selfish Choice

I was advised not to have more children after a high-risk pregnancy resulting in a preemie son. I'm still judged for my decision to have an only child.

How to Talk to Your Child About Death

What do you do when there is a death that directly impacts your child? A person or a pet that is physically part of their life?