Category: Parenting

7 Things All Kids are Entitled to

Years ago I visited the historic island of Alcatraz with my sister. From 1934-1963 it was used as a maximum security Federal prison. It was fascinating to see the actual cells where some of the most ruthless and notorious criminals had lived. As each prisoner arrived at the facility, they received a copy of Alcatraz’s rules and regulations. It is …

How Cancer has Changed Us

My husband and I were sitting around a table at a wedding. We were among friends, and the conversation was jumping from one couple to another as we caught up with each other. Someone asked my husband “how is your son?” He gave a brief rundown, and I interjected with “It’s been great! Everyone’s son should get cancer.” Our son …

Of Course You’re Tired, You’re a Mom

The pharmacy cashier asked what my relationship to the patient was. “I’m her mother.” I was picking up some prescription pain medication for my daughter who was at home with my husband and still super emotional from one of the general anesthesia meds she’d received. Just an hour earlier she’d been medically oblivious as nine baby teeth had been extracted …

Here’s Your Permission to Take a Break Without Mom Guilt

Summer: It’s Complicated I have a love-hate relationship with the school year. I love the daily rhythm, structure, and deadlines it brings, and hate the busy-ness, struggles with homework, and gross school lunches Elle insists on eating. But summer… My relationship status with summer is best described as “it’s complicated.” Summer brings freedom from the deadlines and pressures of school, yes. …