Give yourself a break, Mom and Dad: We’re all just a little bit anxious

“Knock it off! The last thing we want to do is go to the hospital.” It was a simple plea for my kids to stop doing asinine things in the middle of…


When you feel like you’re about to unravel

It started slowly—or at least I thought it did.  So many wonderful things filled my life: three beautiful children, a job I love, a nice house in…


Commanded to Be Still: Facing Unemployment During a Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the face of our nation (and world), many of us sit at home grappling with the realities of the pandemic. At this…


An Open Letter to the Anxious Mom

Dear Anxious Mom, I think we would all agree that “regular life” is stressful.  Between the sports practices and homework and laundry and…


How to calm your anxious teen (and yourself)

When my kids were younger, I remember being very excited when summer was coming to an end. At that stage of my life, in the trenches of raising…


Worry-Free Days Ahead

There’s a lot we need to teach our kids to be careful about, but, if we aren’t careful what we say, we might be teaching our kids to worry. And…


Back to Blahs, Blues, and Bullies Too

Back to school advice is often about returning to an earlier schedule, adjusting to new classes, and breaking in new shoes. Once school has started…


Back-to-School Advice from a Former Teacher

   New shoes, new backpacks, new teachers—same attitude? Most kids are excited about returning to school, even if they don’t want to admit it.…


Scared to look

What Are Your Kids Afraid of?

 I was in second grade when the air raid sirens went off. The teacher had warned us it would happen and, when we heard the noise, we were supposed to…