“Going home” for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays? When we were kids, we waited for what seemed to be an eternity until this time of year rolled around. We would count down the days with paper rings, or we would open a “window” on a Christmas holiday Advent calendar … [Read more...] about Family Drama: Six Tips for Surviving the Holidays with Your Parents
I wish I could write about the solution to the hectic insanity of the holiday season. But even if I did, no one would listen. It started to long ago for each of us. A small child watches Christmas shows learning about Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, and the promise of presents. … [Read more...] about Will This Christmas Be Different?
Parenting can be rewarding, but it is also one of the most challenging things you will ever do. And the stakes are high. What we do or don’t do can have consequences for years to come. After MANY years of parenting and after dozens and dozens of parenting books, blogs, and … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Parent without Losing Your Mind
Years ago my downstairs neighbor had a premature newborn that slept, at best, 30 minutes in between hours and hours of pitiful howling. This went on for months. It was so bad that one morning, my poor friend actually ate a banana, while in the shower, trying to multi-task and … [Read more...] about Shhh!! Don’t Wake the Baby!
I had it all puzzled together. I would pick up the kids from school, grab McDonalds on the fly for their afterschool snack, run across town, drop the girls at talent show try outs and take the boys to martial arts. Then I would reverse my route, in rush-hour traffic, pick … [Read more...] about Life in the Fast Lane
As parents we fight for control with our children for a lot of different reasons. In general, we think our point of view is the only correct one. No child of mine is going to…..! You can fill in the blank. Does Might Make Right? All of us have a tendency to be egocentric. … [Read more...] about Fighting for Control: Pointless Power Struggles