Category Archives: Parenting

How Could a Mom Regret Having Children?

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A friend of mine recently sent me a link to an article that I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around. The author was investigating “the growing movement of women who wish they’d never had kids.” I read every word of the article, completely bewildered. The notion that enough mothers feel remorse over having had children to constitute “a… Read more »

That Time I Had a Baby at 45

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That Time I Had a Baby at 45

Our family has a lot to celebrate this week: Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s birthday. Today is my birthday. Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday. And the following day marks the 30th anniversary of the day we met, which also happens to be “Lovers Day” — isn’t that fitting? I’ve taken my own aging and my husband’s advancing years in stride…. Read more »

To the Mother whose Child is Leaving Home

Letter to the Mom whose Child is Leaving Home

You knew it was coming. From the first moment you held that tiny baby in your arms, you knew the day would dawn when you’d have to let her go. But it came much sooner than you expected, didn’t it? The child who yesterday was snuggling in your lap has almost overnight transformed into a wonderful young adult who is… Read more »

Helping Siblings become Friends

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One of the first things people usually notice about our children is how well they get along. Sure, they have occasional squabbles, but that is the exception rather than the rule. For the most part, they really love and admire one another and enjoy being in each other’s company. They are friends. When people ask us how this came to… Read more »

Fathers Matter (Every Day of the Year)

Fathers Matter!

Last Sunday was Father’s Day — a day for celebrating the parent that goes largely unnoticed and under-appreciated the rest of the year. Dads are under-appreciated partly because our society is no longer conditioned to hold fathers in high esteem. Fathers have long been a favorite target of television sitcoms, where the vast majority of them are depicted as inept,… Read more »

Making Big Investments in Little Things

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Recipe for Success: Making Big Investments in Little Things

President Obama created quite a stir last week with his comments regarding Moms who leave the workplace to stay home and raise children: “That’s not a choice we want Americans to make,” he said resolutely. His solution to the pesky problem of SAHMs? Taking more and more children out of their homes at younger and younger ages and placing them… Read more »

10 Things Your Teenager Hates

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There’s no doubt about it. Navigating life with a teenager at home can be a little tricky. All those hormones raging through the bloodstream will sometimes have you walking on eggshells. (Of course, teens might say the same thing about living with a menopausal mother, but that’s another post for another day.) No parent is perfect. We all make mistakes…. Read more »

Letter to a Weary Mom

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Do you hang on to old letters, so you can read them again and again? I do. Especially now that handwritten notes have become such a rarity, I enjoy leafing through that stack of saved correspondence, rereading the expressions of love and appreciation and encouragement recorded there, along with a wealth of old news and commentary. One of my favorite… Read more »

Which Shall It Be?

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A friend of mine (and fellow mother of many) recently sent me a copy of the following poem. It conveys beautifully the special place each and every child occupies in a family, no matter how big or small that family is. Unfortunately, several lines had been omitted in the version of the poem my friend shared. Two things clued me… Read more »