A friend was describing his extended family relationships recently. He mentioned a member whom nobody had spoken to in ages. “He’s a real Black Sheep in the family,” my friend explained. That made me pause because, I, dear friends, am a Black Sheep, too. And every estranged family member has their side of the story. […]
In a recent post, I wrote about how I am trying to instill a love of reading in my children. I also want my children to have love and respect for nature and the world around them. Growing up in Wisconsin, I spent a lot of my time outside. I could be found riding my […]
I have a renewed and deepened respect for the working mom. I hesitate to use the phrase, “profound respect,” because it sounds trite and patronizing, but that’s pretty close to how I feel. At the very, least I have a sense of awe for moms who somehow raise their children and earn a living wage, […]
Suicide. An act of despair. An act of hopelessness. On September 22, Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman, jumped off the George Washington Bridge just days after Clementi’s roommate and his roommate’s friend streamed live video of Clementi having a sexual encounter with another man. I did not know Tyler Clementi personally, nor do I know anything about his […]
…the rules remind our kids that they are valued partners in this house, that their rights are important, and that parents make mistakes that must be corrected, too.