In the parenting game, it's easy to focus on the losses. There is no perfect parent, and those plays that end in conflict weigh heavily in the tally of W's and L's. On the best days, we second guess...
"I would appreciate it if you did not compare me and my situation to that. We are different people.” My daughter uttered these phrases to me. She dropped a truth bomb that was hard for me to swallow. She had...
Growing up, I remember playing on the playground "singing," a rite of passage. A literary composition, if you will. It goes a little something like this, "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage."...
Ever find yourself dealing with a difficult child in public? The "out of nowhere" tantrum, screaming, crying, stomping their feet, and all for the world to see and admire you as the parent who "can't handle their child."  Let's take...
I coach middle school soccer, better known across the Atlantic as football. No, not the football with an egg-shaped ball you throw, the proper one with a round-shaped ball that you kick with your feet. I’ve coached from Kindergarten all...
Self-Confidence can be defined as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment. As a mom, sometimes the reflections I have about myself seem to seep out onto my kids. A few years ago, my husband said to me,...
So what makes a woman a woman? By definition, a woman is: wom•an (ˈwʊm ən)  n., pl. wom•en (ˈwɪm ɪn)  adj. n. 1. an adult female person, as distinguished from a girl or a man. 2. a wife. 3. a female lover or sweetheart. 4. a...
You might be disappointed if you’re reading this because you think I’ve found the answer or have learned a new trick for easy potty training. I can, however, offer perspective (not a Pollyanna-ism) and a little commiseration.  It’s inevitable that,...
I was too exhausted to soak up the newborn stage with our twins. To be completely honest, I didn’t feel the insane amount of joy that others experienced during the infant stage, and I still feel the yuckiness of...
I wrote the words below seven years ago. I pause as I write *that.* I can’t believe it has been seven years since we welcomed two girls into our family and then said goodbye to them so soon after. So...

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