Kids & “Bad” Words

Kids & “Bad” Words

Kids & "Bad" Words Do you give a D@#!? There is a scene in one of my favorite holiday movies, A Christmas Story, where Ralphie utters “the queen mother of dirty words” and gets his mouth washed out with soap. While the scene is hilarious, the situation isn’t quite as...

The Summertime Meltdown

The Summertime Meltdown

Stragegies for keeping everyone cool and calm Ahhh, the familiar sounds of summer: the tinkling melody of the ice cream truck, the splashing coming from the neighborhood pool, the chirping of crickets and katydids as they strike up their evening serenade. And above it...

The New Face of Bullying

The New Face of Bullying

Recognizine and Handling Bullying COUNSELORS AND WEBSITES CAN HELP What do you think of when you hear the word, “bully”? If you are of my parents’ generation, you might think of that kid who was always taking the other kids’ milk money. If you are my age (40...

Weathering Fair-Weather Friendships

Weathering Fair-Weather Friendships

What to do when a relationship turns sour As parents, we spend much of our lives teaching our youngsters and helping them to navigate the twists and turns they encounter along the road of life. We share our “been there, done that” wisdom, comfortable in the knowledge...

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Avoiding "the look" when you fly with children The tinsel’s off the tree and the last stocking has been stowed. Ready to relax? Not so fast! Spring Break is right around the corner, and many of us, lured by glossy travel brochures and picturesque websites, are already...

Performance Blurs Lines

Performance Blurs Lines

It was the shock heard ‘round the world when a scantily clad Miley Cyrus and her foam finger pranced and “twerked” her way across the stage of the MTV Video Music Awards as Robin Thicke watched lasciviously and sang about Blurred Lines. The performance was the topic...

Dealing with The iWants

Dealing with The iWants

Not so long ago, my two sons were content to play with train sets and Tonka trucks for hours on end. Flash forward a few years, and suddenly we are inundated with what I call the “iWants.” What are the “iWants?” They are the seemingly never-ending requests for the...

Finding the “U” in Mom

Finding the “U” in Mom

My sister called me recently, exhausted, overwhelmed and at her breaking point. “It’s Groundhog Day around here,” she said, her voice shaky. I knew exactly what she meant. It was a reference to the Bill Murray movie in which his character wakes every morning and has...

Mending a broken relationship with your child

Mending a broken relationship with your child

With the start of a new year, many of us search for ways to make necessary changes in our lives. We write out our resolutions, make plans to join a gym and get fit, swear off cigarettes and processed food and set goals for weight loss or finding a new job. A New Year...

Finding Contentment in Your Life

Finding Contentment in Your Life

If only, if only, if only ... Moms, these two words are the bane of contentment in my life, and maybe in your lives, too. If only I had more money, then I would be happy. If only the kids made better grades, then I could relax. If only I were 10 pounds lighter... If...

The Significance of Birth Order

The Significance of Birth Order

For generations of psychologists and parents alike, birth order has been an intriguing area of study and debate when it comes to raising children. How do children that come from the same parents and are raised in the same environment each turn out so differently? As...

The Truth about Honesty:  It’s important to lead by example

The Truth about Honesty: It’s important to lead by example

Face it, moms, raising kids just isn’t easy. And bringing up an honest kid can feel like a heck of a challenge at times … and that’s no lie! But of all the character traits I strive to instill in my children — compassion, generosity, kindness, forgiveness — honesty...

Overcoming Holiday Stress

Overcoming Holiday Stress

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …” or so Andy Williams croons in the beloved holiday song. Starting just after Halloween, mothers everywhere start preparing for the holiday season: making phone calls to relatives near and far, planning get-togethers and...

Life Lessons I Learned from my Mother

Life Lessons I Learned from my Mother

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. My mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer; invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast, to be exact. The gripping fear I felt upon hearing those ugly words was like a cold, hollow ache in the pit of my...

Motherhood after 40:  The pros, the cons, the satisfactions

Motherhood after 40: The pros, the cons, the satisfactions

It’s 5:30 a.m. A loud “raspberry” screeches through the monitor from my daughter’s nursery and jolts me from a sound asleep. For a moment, I’m confused. What is that noise? Is this a dream? My sons’ rooms are upstairs, too far away for me to hear their televisions or...

Building Strong Holiday Traditions

Building Strong Holiday Traditions

If there is one thing I love about this time of year, it’s the anticipation of the holiday season. Thanksgiving conjures images of pumpkin, gourds and Indian corn; a beautifully set table brimming with platters of savory-smelling dishes, including my mother’s oyster...

A Mother’s Promise:  It’s important to keep your word

A Mother’s Promise: It’s important to keep your word

We mothers like to think of our word as law, at least when it comes to our children. We don’t even mind, nor are we surprised when a question asked of Dad is diverted to Mom with “Go ask your mother.” After all, mother knows best, right? We know the agenda of the day,...

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