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Simplifying Christmas

I love Christmas. I’m the lady who starts listening to Christmas carols on November 1st, and we’re putting up the tree Thanksgiving weekend. I love the season, the food, the music, the traditions. But none of that compares to experiencing the magic of Christmas through the eyes of my five-year-old son. Christmas as a parent … Read more

What I’m Reading: Shame-Proof Parenting

It happens in the middle of the grocery store or maybe your first time to a new “mommy and me” group. Your child drops to the ground and begins to wail as you urgently attempt to quell the building storm. You know all eyes are on you, eager to watch your next move. In that moment you aren’t parenting for the child who is having a hard time, you are parenting for every other adult in the room. You’re so focused on how you will be perceived that you completely lose sight of […]

4 Reasons We Don’t Bother With Family Dinners

Most therapists will tell you that family dinners are essential for raising well balanced children. Even “the most important thing you can do with your kids.” The assumption is that we all have hectic lives and various activities which keep us busy. If we don’t reconnect over dinner, we’re missing important opportunities for conversation with … Read more

4 Strategies for Surviving Summer

The signs that summer vacation is approaching are all around us. Rules are becoming a bit more lax as the end of the school year slowly draws near. The rushed mornings of frantically packing lunches and looking for missing shoes are numbered, and the structure we established in September has long since been abandoned. There … Read more