When my dad passed away a few years ago, one of the saddest things about it for me as the youngest of six children was that my younger children wouldn’t experience his amazing personality. I was already sad that my mom was gone and my kids wouldn’t be on the receiving end of her endless […]Read More Grandparenting Power
My husband taught me a simple, yet powerful tool to build safety and security in marriage as well as in the entire family. It’s kind of humbling, considering the fact that I’m the one with two advanced university degrees in marriage and family therapy. Here’s the story behind it: Several years ago, I was tidying […]Read More How to be a Marital Superhero for your Children to Infinity and Beyond in One Easy Step
The current trend in Psychology to study “happiness,” has resulted in consistent findings that making memories brings more enduring happiness than accumulating material possessions. In our family, there are few holidays that evoke more lasting memories than Halloween. I love Halloween. However, I definitely prefer the kinder, gentler Halloween of smiling Jack-o-lanterns and friendly looking […]Read More Halloween, Happiness and a Holstein: A MOOving Memory
Here is an actual text exchange that occurred between my teenage daughter and me the other night. I’d spent the entire evening seeing clients and was coming home exhausted. As soon as I walked in the door, my phone buzzed. Here’s how the text conversation proceeded: Her: Can I get a gym pass please? Me: […]Read More This is Your Brain on Parenting
I can recall a particular moment in my adolescent years like it was yesterday. I couldn’t wait for my dad to come home so I could tell him that I had won some kind of designation in my junior high school yearbook based on my appearance (save the commentary, people…I got plenty of feedback from […]Read More The Best Message a Father can Give his Daughter
I recently had the opportunity to read Richard and Linda Eyre’s new book promoting the family as the most basic and powerful building block of society. They define family as the unit proximal to each individual which performs the following roles: procreation, modeling commitment and cooperation, nurturing, forming identify, instilling values, offering love and fulfillment, and […]Read More Book Review on The Turning: Why the State of the Family Matters and What the World Can do About it by Richard and Linda Eyre
This month is the third year anniversary of my father dying. I miss him and my mom. A lot. My parents created a lot of safety in predictable rituals. This is a story I wrote a year ago that was published in an edition of http://seeingtheeveryday.com/ , a publication which I adore, which centers around prosaic […]Read More Arrivals: Is Everybody Happy?
My husband and I recently decided to remodel our bathroom. For many women, the expectation of choosing new colors and materials may seem energizing, but for me, it’s draining. Ask me to rappel down a waterfall, and I will strap on a harness and follow behind; ask me to pick out bathroom tile and I […]Read More Home Sweet Home…A World Away