Some years back we were vacationing in Myrtle Beach. My youngest son was just seven years old at the time. The day was beginning when we sat down to read a chapter in his CCD book. During my own childhood, the most I witnessed of CCD were the kids racing to the classrooms after Sunday…

I listen and it sounds all too familiar. A mother I know can’t stop beating herself up. Will her children suffer permanently since they don’t see their father enough? Will her son be okay without a present male influence in his life? Are her children experiencing typical adolescent angst or is it a result of…

Relationships are born from sharing. It is where emotional intimacy is created. Society today has a love-hate relationship with technology. But it may be more important to embrace these advances while empowering yourself and making them fit into your life. They are here to stay and no different than the previous generation complaining about the dangers…

I have a secret. One I could never force myself to pound out on these keys until I felt the tide turning. It was in the infancy of this unraveling of a marriage process. I remember the exact moment. I know just where my youngest baby stood when he uttered those words. “You’re different,” he…

The holidays promote the urge to give in all of us. It is truly a beautiful thing. The problem? Like the rest of the well-intentioned harried holiday humans, I could use prompts to do more of said giving. Things just get busier once the calendar advances to December one. This makes me recall a conversation…

I belong to a Facebook Group called Parentless Parents. We are a tribe of individuals who navigate parenting after the loss of our mothers and our fathers. This community was started by my friend and author Allison Gilbert. I initially met Allison when she interviewed me for her book Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers…

As parents, we LOVE to do things for our children.  After all, it’s an expression of love. How could it be a bad thing? Or could it be? There comes an age where doing too much for our children WILL negatively impact their future relationships. In a word – It’s called self-responsibility and it is…

I sip my coffee while perusing emails at what friends refer to as my office, aka, the local coffee shop. A big group enters and makes their way to a table. I realize it’s a bunch of teachers from my children’s elementary school. I can’t wait to greet them. These people that I love from…

Four years ago today, I charged into an attorney’s office determined to begin again. Hindsight is twenty twenty as they say. As we all know, I couldn’t have been more naive. But I was gutsy and I was strong and my children’s well-being gave me the additional courage I needed. As my sister once said…

The truth is fully graduated confidence and respect are a byproduct of a mature ego. What does this mean? The ego must grow up. This leads the average individual to a tricky conundrum. Because of course, we all want to believe we are both confident and respectful, don’t we? In fact, most of us do…

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