Mothers and Children

I’ve been a mother for over thirty years now and a daughter for nearly twice that. On Mother’s Day, I found myself contemplating the juxtaposition of being a child and a mother.   When you were a child, you often do things your mother doesn’t like or makes it challenging for her to be yourContinue reading “Mothers and Children”

What is Emotional Bullying?

Most people agree a bully is someone who physically assaults another by pushing, hitting, punching, grabbing, knocking books out of hands, stuffing someone into a locker or a dumpster, sticking a head into a toilet, etc. But physical bullying is not the only brand of terror; emotional bullying often leaves as many and deeper scars,Continue reading “What is Emotional Bullying?”

A Starry Night

One of the best things about being a kid is exploring and noticing the little things in life. Tyler and his friends were no different.  On a warm summer night, they enjoyed a rite of passage for eleven-year-olds, the backyard tent sleepover. Tyler and his dad pitched a small pup tent in the backyard andContinue reading “A Starry Night”

Talk to the Hand

Before “talk to the hand” became popular, I believe I used and saw the idea of that gesture many times. As a parent, you often feel that many conversations with your child, back and forth, can be illustrated with one hand held affirmatively in the stop position. With young children, you want them to quicklyContinue reading “Talk to the Hand”

Reruns

“Hi Mom, I need to ask you something about your crockpot.” Jamie called her mother on Facetime.  “I can see you, can you see me? Isn’t this Facetimes thing fun?” her mother laughed.   “Mom, hold the phone back, I can only see your mouth. Good. I’m using your old crockpot.  How did you getContinue reading “Reruns”

Scramble

I saw a pile of Scrabble tiles in a Facebook picture recently on my 5 minute social media break, otherwise known as my bathroom break, and thought, what if you could turn up the tiles you wanted in life, instead of the random ones you pull out of the bag. If you have you everContinue reading “Scramble”

New Book Release: Diary of a 6th Grade “C” Cup: Growing Up Girls Series

Ebook available until Jan 31st free on Kindle Unlimited. Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Growing up is Hard. School is Tough. Girls can be mean and boys can be dumb. This first in a new book series for girls aged 8-14 explores the perils and pluses of being every day unique. Everyone hasContinue reading “New Book Release: Diary of a 6th Grade “C” Cup: Growing Up Girls Series”

Mary-Go-Round

Mary-Go-Round “In ten miles, turn left at Exit 104,” said the kindly GPS voice.  After school, Katie has band practice, then Holly has dance, and Robbie has to get to guitar lessons, Mary thought.  Do I have a lasagna in the fridge for dinner? Mary’s daily commute gave her ninety whole minutes to herself eachContinue reading “Mary-Go-Round”