What If I Were Cody Parkey's Mother?

In my house, I’ve been talking a lot about resiliency and how to handle life when things aren’t going as planned. Life for teens isn’t easy. The world is such that our high schoolers and college students feel incredible pressure, a lot of it self-induced by trying to be “the best” and never make any... Read more »

Were You A Dog Momma First?

I was. I had an American Eskimo dog we named Sabo. Sabo was like having the cutest toddler who turned into the most mischievous, gangly teenager in a couple of months. And he was much, much stronger than a human child. Taking care of him was a big change in the lives of a couple... Read more »

2019 Will Be Another Imperfect Year – And It's OK

Happy New Year! Cheers to the beauty of this day, of continuing the holiday season and celebrating new opportunities! I love the idea of the “fresh start” of the new year, but truly, I view life as more of a continuum than a series of separate years. That’s why, while I like the idea of... Read more »
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How To Make Yourself That Winning Person Everyone Wants To Be – And Teach This To Your Teens

“Life Is What You Make It, Not What Happens To You.” This is my theme for “Self-Improvement Saturday.” I have just created my own holiday and have given it a tagline. Why? Well – why not? Living with teens, I see plenty of emotions – and I’m experiencing a lot of them as a menopausal... Read more »

Truly A Lie If You Say You Don't Live Through Your Kids

“When your kids do something great, you feel on top of the world. If they are being hurt by a friend or a relationship, or they didn’t make the team or whatever, it’s a like a knife in your heart. You share all of what they go through as though you’re living your life over again.”... Read more »

"Halloween To Christmas At The Stroke Of Midnight"

We seem to go full-speed ahead from summer to Halloween to Christmas. Where does Thanksgiving fall into this? Of course, we still celebrate the holiday – whoever is the main cook in the house or group of friends hosting the gathering is busy planning the menu now, making the shopping list and perhaps deciding what... Read more »

Are You Tired Of The Way Our World Is? A Simple Way To Change It...

“If you could teach one set of skills to every child in the world, what would it be? What if it could be something that would bring intelligence and compassion to decision-making, reduce (or end?) violence, embed within humanity a drive towards kindness, empathy and create relationships that connect, heal, nurture and flourish those who are... Read more »

Halloween: The Comfort In Celebrating The Outsider

Of all the ways one could describe Halloween, most people wouldn’t call it “comforting,” but to me it is. My feelings for Halloween go waaaay back. Most kids love Halloween. Why wouldn’t they? Kids love to dress up in costumes for “pretending” anyway, and what kid doesn’t love running around with friends – getting candy... Read more »

"You Complete Me" – The Worst Line in Movie History

I recently overheard some teen girls as I passed by talking about serious dating relationships and how it’s important to make sure the person they are with truly “completes them,” and vice-versa. I was dumbstruck by the comment. It occurred to me that as parents, we need to be educating and demonstrating for our teens... Read more »

Get Out Of Your Own Way

A friend of mine who was my boss some years back recently posted a link that makes a case for what it means to pursue a “significant” life as opposed to striving for “success.” It struck a deep chord with me, not only for my own outlook on life now, but also how I would... Read more »