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Sylvia Forrest is the author of A View from My Window: Real Stories for Real Women. Forrest holds a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a MBA from Emory University. She proclaims, however, that she received her best education from her grandmothers.

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When Giving a Gift Feels Better Than Getting One

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 12:13 PM

I picked the kids up from camp at the usual time. We took the usual route home, and it seemed in every way like an ordinary day. However, our door was blocked by a mysterious, large, white box. It was addressed to me, and I didn't recognize the return address....

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Camp Is Like School...For Life!

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Summer is a time for play, and kids know it. The pressure is off, and it's time to relax! Homework and tests are replaced with bike-riding and swimming. If you're lucky, you even get to go to camp. What the kids don't realize is, there's as much to learn at...

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Give a Busy Mom a Break, And Be A Kid Again

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Hurray! Summer is finally here: Sunday barbecues, family vacations, and half-day Fridays. Everyone loves summer, right? Except every once in a while, you'll run into moms who dread summer -- at least a little. Summer Scrooges. You know who you are.

I'm not passing judgment here. In fact, I used...

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I'll Never Be a Facebook Hottie...And I'm OK With That!

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 8:25 AM

I admit to being older than many of my readers. Aerobics was a new fad when I was growing up, and a washboard was something great-grandma used for cleaning clothes. So please explain to me, when did everyone become so obsessed with washboard abs? Why do we care who has...

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When "Living the Dream" Becomes a Nightmare

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:37 PM

"No, I'll never pack it in. That would mean I gave up. You've gotta live the dream, right?"

The man across from me was on his way to extremely drunk. We'd just met at a mutual friend's party, and in his slurred speech he was determined to convince me...

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, But Remember You're the Mayor

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:41 PM

"He seems to drift out of focus," one teacher said.
"He's very disorganized," added another.
"He doesn't follow directions," complained a third.
"He has ADD," concluded the psychologist.

Certainly Andrew has yet to reach his academic potential. As an open-minded and loving parent, my primary concern was...

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I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends -- And You Can Too

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Teresa is falling apart. On the verge of divorce, unemployed, caring for a special needs child, she fears she cannot hold it together for another day. She picks up the phone to hear the words that will give her strength until the next phone call. I tell her she is...

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Parents Can Make "Sick Days" into Special Days

(1) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 8:11 AM

It's already begun! School has started, so kids are getting sick. We might as well face the inevitable: at some point or other, a virus will strike at the least convenient moment. The question is, how will we handle it? With grunts of frustration? Will we plop the kid in...

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How to Be the Best House Guest

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Benjamin Franklin said that guests and fish start to smell after three days. Of course, in his day, people might visit for weeks at a time. Today, people tend to visit only for a weekend -- until the holidays roll around. Then all bets are off!

My family doesn't go...

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For Once, Let's Celebrate ADD

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2013 | 11:26 PM

My sister's housemates went on vacation for a week. She's a very social person, and I thought she might be lonely. "Isn't it funny?" I asked. "You love to be surrounded with people, and I desperately crave my alone-time." "Well," she admitted, "I crave alone-time, too, when I visit your...

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My Marriage Is Like a Refrigerator Delivery

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 7:52 AM

On the 18th of August, my husband and I will have been married 22 years. I could tell you that all 22 years have been magical, and that every day has been a dream come true -- but I won't. Not only would that be nauseating, it would be far...

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Finding Happiness by Living in the Moment

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 3:07 PM

Have you ever met someone who is so cheerful, you can hardly believe it's real? Sometimes it's not real. Some people can put on a big smile and act like there is nothing wrong with the world, but secretly lead bitter and unfulfilling lives. Then there are those few, almost...

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I Don't Feel Guilty For Staying at Home

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:43 AM

My husband told me excitedly about a book by Hob Lipson, a robotics expert who predicts that within 100 years, technology will have made human work obsolete. "Why is that exciting?" I asked, horrified. "Where will people get their sense of purpose? What will make them get up in the...

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Downsizing: "Less" Can Be "More"!

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 10:51 AM

I remember the first time the idea of downsizing was introduced to me, though I was completely oblivious at the time. Nineteen years old, and a summer student in Montreal, I had no concept of money, budgets, and the choices I would face as an independent adult. Clients of my...

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A New Home: Accepting Ourselves and Others

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 11:33 AM

A few short weeks ago, my family moved to Denver, CO and began the process of settling in. Now that the unpacking is complete and the kids are happily attending theatre camp, we are beginning to feel like this is, indeed, "home." More importantly, we've found a place where the...

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Even as Adults, We Should Still 'Sing Like No One's Listening'

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 2:13 AM

"Sing like no one is listening," people say. "Dance like no one is watching." Really? My school of thought is more along the lines of, "Maybe sing in the shower," or "Maybe dance in the living room with the blinds drawn."

I recently attended my daughter's drama camp performances,...

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Sometimes It's Easier To Give Than To Receive

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 8:49 PM

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Many people say that the size of the gift doesn't matter: "It's the thought that counts." I agree with that assessment. I'm not a "thing" person, and cherish the handmade card a friend sent me much more than the lovely vase that came...

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Father's Day: Five Things Playing Softball Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 12:13 PM

My dad has always been there for me. It started when I was little with a shared love of poetry...and softball. I was a very good student, and school came easily. Sports also came easily, but I appreciated them more because they required both talent and effort. I could get...

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Can Just Listening Change A Friend's Life?

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 5:36 PM

You never know when you can make a difference. I know several people who dedicate their lives to making a difference, by working for philanthropic organizations, volunteering at soup kitchens, and organizing clothing drives. But not all of us are built that way, and that's alright. It takes all kinds...

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Be the Mother You Wish You'd Had

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 8:19 AM

My friend Jenny just had her first child. He started holding up his own head at four weeks, and rolling over at the age of six weeks. Jenny called her sister right away. "Junior's rolling over already! The books say he's not supposed to be able to do that for...

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