Motherhood and Parenting

My Assent to Motherhood December 10, 2013

I am honored to have the post describing my pilgrimage to becoming a mother featured in the popular blog, Scary Mommy: An Honest Look at Motherhood. I knew that I would write the piece at some point in my life, but didn’t know when or what the circumstances would be for it to be drawn […]

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Accepting yourself as a stay-at-home or a career mom. November 20, 2013

If I died today my epitaph might read, “Bad corporate-player. Great mom.” Before bcomng a mother that would have really embarrassed me. I thought that being successful in business—working twelve hour days—was the be all end all. But my son being born put a different spin on that, for sure. Suddenly, I couldn’t give two […]

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Follow your gut as a parent. And reap the joys. November 20, 2013

The other day I was on my treadmill digging on my tunes when my son—and our dog—came downstairs to the basement to be with me. Frankly, it irritated me, because my favorite song was coming through my headphones, and I was enjoying my alone-time. Fortunately, a few seconds later I said to myself “helloooooo!!!!” I’d […]

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Bonding with your adopted baby. November 11, 2013

In recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month,TodayMOMS ran a week-long celebration called, “Choosing Adoption.” One of their articles talked about, “that, ‘maternal ‘moment’—when parents first bond with their adopted child.” They asked parents whether it was during that fateful phone call, the first soothing or cuddle, whether they experienced love at first sight or had […]

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The joy of parenting, even when your child is grieving. November 11, 2013

My ten-year-old son has been grieving. His grandfather, who was ninety-two, died recently. Although it is sad, my husband and I are also helping him to see this time as an opportunity to celebrate his grandfather’s full and vibrant life. He seems to get it. Yet, I think that for the first time he may […]

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My “aha moment.” Or White Bread Wisdom. November 04, 2013

To me, white bread has always been on par with poison. I wouldn’t be caught dead eating it, and certainly wouldn’t allow my ten-year-old son to eat it, either. Being into health, I’ve always tried to limit his sugar intake, which, if you are a parent you know can be challenging. (Oh, those birthday parties!) My […]

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The blessing of adoption in the spirit of Kahlil Gibran. November 04, 2013

Recently, NBC ran a story about Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her adopted daughter Katie’s meeting with Katie’s birth mother, Cheryl, who had placed Katie for adoption twenty-seven years ago. As an adoptive mother, myself, I can say that it was absolutely beautiful—although I’m sure that anyone would think so, if they are human. It was […]

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Problem solving skills for kids (that keep everyone happy). October 28, 2013

It’s true what they say: our snot-nosed little angels come into our lives, bringing out the worst in us, so that we can be healed. Still, it’s embarrassing to admit, but at times, my ten-year-old son has me going loco. Sure, he’s just doing his job blaming and trying to get away with things, but […]

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How to accept yourself as a good parent, and trust. October 27, 2013

The other day my husband and I discovered some candy stashed away in our son’s desk drawer. He knows he’s not allowed to keep candy in his room (which is obviously why he was hiding it). We dug a little more, and found a bunch of empty candy wrappers, some gum, and a few lollypops. […]

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Teaching kids about feelings is worth it. October 27, 2013

Like all ten-year-old boys, my ten-year-old son son has feelings about things. He feels happy and sad and everything in-between. As his mom, I’ve always wanted him to know that it is okay for him to feel upset. I would never, ever want him to think that feeling angry is a bad thing, or that expressing […]

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