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How Did I Get Here?*

The Unexpected Journey From Teacher to Author My mom says I’m the only person she knows who likes to pull up her roots and move. Born in Kentucky, raised in Connecticut, educated in Massachusetts and Georgia, life was good. And then, just to put icing on a gluten-free cake, out ...

Is Parent Coaching For Me? 

Make the Most of Your Efforts To Improve Your Mother-Daughter Relationship As a mother, you may feel distance growing between yourself and your daughter as she enters into her teenage years. Perhaps your daughter seems sad. Maybe she’s snarky and has an attitude. Possibly you struggle to get her to ...

Mothers Day In October 

Mothers, Isn’t It Time You Took a Day Off? The world values time off, as evidenced by the three-day weekend. Everyone knows you can't work continuously without a break, at least, not without breaking down. So, Mothers, answer honestly – when was the last time you took some time for ...

How To Touch on Touchy Subjects with Your Kids

How To Touch on Touchy Subjects with Your Kids School is starting again! All across the country moms are leaping for joy (after they lovingly usher their cherubs out the door, of course). With all your preparation for the new beginning, have you also prepared for the changes the new ...

Moms, Do You Need Some Time Off from Parenting? 

When Was The Last Time You Had A Day Off, Moms? Mothers often feel they have to be “on the job” all the time. Unlike a normal job, there are no sick days and no weekends off. Mothers often don’t even take breaks when the rest of their family does ...

Parenting Moms Need Guilt-Free “Me Time” 

Moms, Do You Know How To Take “Me Time” Without Feeling Guilty? Being a mom is perhaps the busiest job you can have. As a mom, you’re always on standby – always ready to step in and step up, always ready when you’re needed. After all, you have to be ...

Unsolicited Parenting Advice for Moms of Freshmen

Don’t you just love freshmen? They’re one of my favorite groups of students- a marvelous blend of big kid psyche and little kid sass, of sophistication and naiveté, of brilliance and idiocy. I taught them science for years, watching them morph from September until June. I can say, without a ...

Who Has Had Mommy Guilt? (Besides Me?)

Do you experience Mommy Guilt? It’s so prevalent, I’d be surprised if you didn’t. Mine started when I discovered I was pregnant. I felt so guilty about not being 100% excited, even when my daughter was born. I was too scared about screwing up the life of a tiny helpless ...

Understanding Your Teenage Daughter: Parenting Advice for Awesome Moms 

Mothers, Are You Having Trouble Connecting With Your Daughters? Nobody said parenting would be easy. Most people don't mention the specific struggles you might face as a mother. Mothers are sometimes surprised when, as their daughters reach their teen years, they suddenly have trouble connecting with each other. Your daughter ...
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