In a moment when everyone seems to be talking about--and accepting--the "introvert" parent, for example, no one seems to fully embrace or even discuss the ADHD parent. Perhaps it's because we can't sit still long enough to address it.
It doesn't matter how far apart in age your kids are -- there will be challenges. I've heard many mothers talk about the ideal age gap, but I actually wonder if that exists.
Just because most of our society is becoming more and more disconnected, that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice that closeness with your children. Being a single mom of two boys, I know all too well the importance of building and keeping a strong connection with your children.
I sat on the toilet bowl, legs and hands trembling. The afternoon sun made its way through the slatted blinds throwing shadows that undulated against the cream colored wall. Dust motes danced in the air. In front of me on the tiled floor lay an innocuous plastic test.
I brought my beautiful girl, Arayla (10.5) with me to Ecstatic Dance in Oakland today, for the first time in a couple of years, as it's often one of...
I am concerned that we're robbing our children of some of the essential ingredients that make up a happy childhood: Creating art, building forts, or watching a hummingbird in flight-- things that cannot happen if we hand over a digital device.
Cue parenting. For real. Parenting. The problem with parenting is that you don't know if you did a good job until they are adults. And by that time, there is no going back to correct or fix the mistakes you may have made along the way. It's a 25 year long game.
Did you ever notice a child who runs faster than his peers in every activity? How about the three-year old who spells incessantly? These examples prov...
My adorable 4-year old child did it. It was the last straw for me. My pushed-down rage and frustration came erupting out like a volcano. I yelled. I grabbed her arms. I scared her. And this thought came: "I'm a shitty mother."
I always teach my patients that their first line of defense against cavities -- or, as we call them, dental caries -- is prevention. But despite our best efforts, some of us -- myself included! -- have had to see a dentist to treat a cavity. Here are five things you never knew about cavities. Some of these might surprise you.
Before we blended, our children had established identities. When divorced parents remarry, the waters of identity can be muddied for the kids.
With the understanding that this too shall pass, if your teen is just venting angst, than it's OK to just laugh it off and let them vent. Remember, they feel safest with you to express their innermost feelings.
Like all mothers, I wanted you to grow up into a strong, independent human being. I admit to second-guessing my ability in parenting every-time you seemed an inch away from doing it all on your own, every-time you sounded 'needy.' But let me admit to you...
As soon as he got that acceptance letter, I knew my life was about to change forever. My two best friends were actually leaving me. I was the last bird in the nest.
Being prone to reasoning rather than listening when I see my kids struggle, this is a big lesson for me. Sometimes, shutting up makes all the difference. This way, we can find out whether we are dealing with a typical teenage situation or whether we need to dig deeper. We create that sacred safe space.
Each morning as you shower or brush your teeth do you lament, "I have to do this, every day, for the rest of my life!" You most likely hop into the ...