Monthly Archives: June 2015

On Being a Yes Mom

If you’ve known me for long and if you’ve ever had a conversation about parenting with me, it’s likely that you’ve heard me say: Parenting, at its core, is one grand experiment. What, you say? Do you not take parenting … Continue reading

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On Happy Families

I’ve always liked Leo Tolstoy’s statement, in Anna Karenina: All happy families are alike;¬†each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Does this make sense to you? I suppose, as a generalization, I might say: well, it depends upon … Continue reading

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On Endgame as an Approach to Childhood

Brain, Child . . . the Magazine for Thinking Mothers I’m not sure where I first heard of this publication, but I look at its title now and I think: yup, this is a magazine for me! I think Jennifer … Continue reading

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On Practical Ways to Encourage New Mothers

Because I’m spending so much time thinking about my teenage children, I figured I’d throw in a thought about the Mama’s with the tiny people as well. I found this article years ago and thought it was a great piece … Continue reading

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On the Children Who Are Almost Grown & Their Mamas Too

These summer days after the oldest’s high school graduation are strange ones. He is gone much of the time: job hunting, hanging with friends. We get a taste of the months and years to come as he gradually exits the … Continue reading

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On Little Free Libraries

Several years ago, when I served as President of the PTA at our elementary school, my Vice President, friend, and neighbor, Jeannine Kannegiesser, came to me with a terrific idea. She asked if I’d noticed the little libraries popping up … Continue reading

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On Calendars and What They Can Do For You

My dear friend, Elaine asked a question on Facebook a few weeks ago. It went something like this: “What are your best tips for balancing the need to be fully present in the moment with the need to plan for … Continue reading

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