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Angry Mom: Getting to the Roots of My Outbursts

Dinner was late. In fact, dinner was still a mystery, even to me, and I was cooking. In the kitchen, I surveyed Mt. Dirty Dishes and wondered if I needed…

Implement 4 Boundaries To Prioritize Your Family

“What can I get for you this morning?” the young man asked. I walked up to the counter and ordered my usual  Americano with cream – extra hot. We exchanged…

How To Be A Brave Mom Who Can Say No

Parachuting out of an airplane, rafting down class five rapids, taking four-year-old twins into Macy’s fine china department—scary stuff, huh? And yet many of us would rather jump out of…

Before You Sign Up For A New Activity, Ask This Question

My inbox is constantly bombarded with invitations from my kids’ school.  Do my children want to join swimming, tennis, robotics, karate, soccer, chess, basketball, or baseball?  Some activities are free,…

Recognizing Adult Peer Pressure

When we talk about peer pressure, we are often talking about teenagers. But the reality is that all of us face peer pressure no matter what season of life we are…

Rethinking Time Management

As the new year hits full stride, many of us are considering our calendars. Some are blank slates. Others are already packed with to-dos. Sometimes the calendar feels like a…

Wasting Time

I used to love to read, but once I became a mom I somehow felt that reading was a colossal waste of time. There is so much to do, how could I possibly just sit there and read?

Feeling Overwhelmed? Consider This…

Recently we moved from the house where we’d lived for nearly 35 years. You can imagine the stuff that five kids and two parents had collected during this time. It was…

Forgetting Someone Else’s Child

I should have written it down: “Add Mark to carpool on Wednesday morning.” But I didn’t. Several of my neighbors’ kids go to the same school, and since one neighbor…

The Noble Task of Motherhood

Back in my teens, my high school stopped offering home economy classes. No one wanted to take them. Why? Most young women believed home ec was for unambitious girls who…

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