advice for parents

Feeling anxious about leaving your kids when you go out? Worried about sending them off to school or daycare?
Motherhood -- and writing -- ain't for sissies. There are the sweet, breakthrough moments of inspiration or mastering the bicycle. But, most days are filled with the hard work of first drafts and runny noses.
You can turn it into "something that's actually useful."
am most certainly a different person than I was before I embarked on our infertility journey over 13 years ago.
Right up until last week, I really convinced myself that once son number two had finished school, I was pretty much done as a parent. In 2022 I'd go back to my life as a 32-year-old, circa 2002.
Allowing your underage child a sip of your wine or that last drop of your beer sends a small, but potent, message. It says a little taste of alcohol is OK. It is approval.
I know there is a lot of great stuff out there about how you're supposed to carpe diem or not carpe diem or how we're supposed to stop yelling or cut ourselves a break. Here is what I want to say to you today.
When you play "What if..." with positive statements, you give yourself an opportunity to nourish yourself in the now.
When we have children, we know that we'll be parents for life, but what we don't realize is that you're on call 24/7 and that never ends. When they have problems, you have to be there. When they eventually go off on their own and have problems, guess who they're calling?
"Happy Holidays!" "Happy Hanukkah!" Even in our greetings, this time of year come with a lot of expectations. For many families, the "happy" and "merry" expectations can cause great stress and anxiety -- not just for you as an adult, but for your children, too.