She says: You know how you hear stories of parents who do unspeakably bad things to children and you think “I could never do that!”? And then you hear stories of amazing parents who adore their kids, go through tremendous hardships with them and still manage to have the grace to parent beautifully and successfully … More If Only I Was a Saint
She says: The holidays have passed, with all the joys and pressures…just to bring us to another holiday that brings stress and pressure (and maybe joy), Valentine’s Day. Now I know that as a grown woman who has been married a long time, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be a big deal. But I have to admit, … More Re-defining Valentine’s Day
She says: We’ve been married a long time. A. Long. Time. Recently, one of our daughters, who has been dating a guy for about two years, asked me if men change much after they get married. This was the first time she had asked me for my words of wisdom in the love arena and … More Love Lessons Learned
She says: When I was growing up, I was the one who drove the traditions we had surrounding the holidays, such as putting up the Christmas tree in early December. It was always the night we returned from my school pageant and my parents obliged, especially since I was more than happy to be the … More Hanging On To Holiday Traditions
She says: Recently, a friend of mine who, like me, has four kids, was telling me some of the ways her 10-year-old daughter is so amazing with her 6-year-old sister: She gets her going in the morning, cajoling her into getting up on time, eating a decent breakfast, remembering her homework and getting out to … More When Kids Parent Better Than You Do
She says: There’s a great article about being in the Sandwich Generation in the September issue of Colorado Parent magazine. Thomas and I are right there, categorized as being “between the ages of 35 and 54 who are simultaneously caring for children and aging parents.” Yup, that’s us. Further it says we “feel more stress … More Between a Rock and a Hard Place in the Sandwich Generation
My teenage daughter came down the stairs the other day in her swimsuit to head to the pool. This was the least clothing I had seen on Grace since she was a little girl. Usually, my super-athlete is wearing jeans or soccer shorts and a T-shirt. But here she was in a bikini with a womanly … More Where did my old body go? Oh there it is, on my daughter.