Motherhood and Parenting

On the road with Finding Zoe. April 28, 2015

My heart was so opened. Watching Zoe play football with her birth father BJ, whom she hadn’t seen in eight years, see her birth mom, Jess, whom she also hadn’t seen in years, and watching her meet her half-sister Adelynne for the very first time. She saw her loving foster mother, Lois, who signed to her […]

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Keeping your life on course. March 22, 2015

I was on automatic pilot today—buzzing around non-stop from one situation to the next. The part of me that thrived on all the drama was in rare form. Whooooaaaa. At 8:00 P.M. I finally landed, and realized that things would work themselves out in time—whether or not I moaned and groaned or saved the day or sent the email […]

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Choosing for our children. February 15, 2015

As the wallpaper for his tablet, my eleven-year-old son chose a photograph of the torso of a very fat man being arrested, who was wearing a tee shirt that said, “This really sucks.” He thought it was hilarious. I knew it had to go. Eureka! What an amazing teaching opportunity it provided! Here was a […]

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Every mother should learn how to let go. October 31, 2014

  Yesterday was the first day that I left my son home alone. He’s eleven. At first, it felt strange asking him if he wanted to stay home by himself. But he was ready, and so was I. The freedom I felt was glorious; going to the mall and bank solo, just like that. I […]

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The power of connection. July 09, 2014

  While walking my dog the other morning I turned my head and caught a husband and wife kissing each other goodbye before leaving for work. By happenstance, my eyes met their kiss. It was an intimate moment for the three of us. I saw them kissing, they knew that I saw, and I knew […]

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Empowering our kids with social media. June 11, 2014

I got stuck between Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. I was on automatic pilot, engaging, responding, posting—information coming at me from every which way, until I didn’t  know if I was coming or going. It began innocently, but like a wave, the social media lure just swallowed me up and spit me out. I was in […]

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Empowering Women: Toward Motherhood April 21, 2014

It was a pilgrimage to motherhood; yet the whole experience is like a dream to me now. My son is eleven years old and thriving, and I couldn’t imagine things being any other way. Really, this isn’t a tale of woe, but one of celebration—a celebration of life and love, and spirit, and how we […]

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Moms and guns. April 12, 2014

I’m sure I am not the only mother who cringes when her son picks up a toy gun. No doubt this kind of boy behavior has been going on for ages. Men hunt, women gather. Still, every time my-eleven-year-old picks up a gun, I cringe inside. So he picks up a gun, so I cringe. […]

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Protecting our children’s innocence. March 31, 2014

The other day, when my 10-year-old son Lucas and I were talking about his neighborhood friends, he said, “I know that we will all be friends forever!” I felt the sweetest sorrow, and realized, in that moment, that I was the gatekeeper of his innocence. Part of me, the logical, fearful part that wants to […]

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Teaching kids about self-control? Let the force be with you. February 15, 2014

My son can have a difficult time with impulse control. When he “thinks” something he says it—even when it’s not appropriate. I know that it’s a common behavior with children aged ten and under, and as they mature it usually works itself out. Still, I wanted to come up with a tool of some kind […]

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