Category: Parenting

The Damaging Effect a “Perfect Mother” Can Have on a Daughter

The Damaging Effect a “Perfect Mother” Can Have on a Daughter

A perfect mother is a woman who can cook, clean, care for her kids, love her husband, and get involved with the community with a seemingly unlimited amount of energy, good will, and a boundless grace. Not only does she dress well, but her kids […]

Balancing Blogging and Living

Balancing Blogging and Living

On Tuesdays, I usually share the stories, writing related posts, book reviews, and book releases I’ve come across over the past week. Last week I was fortunate to host an author and his nonfiction book Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow. I had planned on doing another […]

Not Snow Days, But Fire Days

Not Snow Days, But Fire Days

My son was born in Pennsylvania. We moved to California when he was six weeks old, so he has no memories of his first home, and only a dim understanding of what snow is as we have yet to take our kids to the mountains […]

Mom Message: To the Schools

Mom Message: To the Schools

I never intended to write anything like this here now that I’ve changed my blog up to supporting stories, but sometimes I need this to be my platform. My oldest child started Kindergarten at the end of last month. It’s been a big month of […]

Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 4: The Timing Had to be Perfect

Finding Magic in Motherhood, Part 4: The Timing Had to be Perfect

The decision had been made. I would become a mother, but I would only become a mother on my terms. I was an unplanned child and, while it created quite a change in my parents’ lives, they were willing to make changes and sacrifices I […]

Two Quarters From a Stranger

Two Quarters From a Stranger

I took my children to the mall for ice cream to celebrate my son’s first week of Kindergarten. He asked for chocolate and mint chocolate chip for him, his younger sister, and me to share. As we went to sit, I barely registered that we […]

Parenting with Psychology: ABA Behavior Modification

Parenting with Psychology: ABA Behavior Modification

Personally, I hate the term behavior modification. But it has an important place in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Anyone who has worked with, known, or been in contact with a child with an autism spectrum disorder knows behaviors are inevitable. These are highly sensitive, highly […]

What Kindergarten Means to Me

What Kindergarten Means to Me

All across the country, parents are preparing to send their kids back to school. And some, like me, are sending a child off to Kindergarten. For some, it’s a time to celebrate freedom. For others, it’s time to turn on the waterworks as they watch […]

The Mom I Admire

The Mom I Admire

The mom I admire is a bit harried, a little scattered, and definitely missing a marble or three. She constantly wonders how she’s stacking up against every other mom, especially the one without a hair out of place. She spends all day begging her kids […]

My Parenting Philosophy

My Parenting Philosophy

I always thought my parenting was simply informed by my background in psychology. To a large degree, that’s true. But, one afternoon, I was out to lunch with my family, watching my husband and I interact with our kids while the book I was currently […]

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