Follow Their Lead

Parents know we're supposed to raise up our children to follow appropriate guidelines: hold hands in the crosswalk and parking lot, listen to your teacher, be kind, be a good sport, etc. Our kids--most of them most of the time--follow our words and, more importantly, our example. But parents also have the privilege of being … Continue reading Follow Their Lead

Love & Support

Both our kids had the same middle school PE teacher two years in a row. Different as they are, both adored this teacher who worked hard at encouraging all his students, athletes or not, to work out their bodies, to enjoy their physicality, to improve their fitness. On the last day of eighth grade, the … Continue reading Love & Support

One in Three

The college counselor at our high school shared what seemed like an astonishing statistic: one in three students don’t graduate from the college they first attend. We thought: That won’t be him. We were wrong. He only ever wanted to attend one school, and he only ever wanted one major with one career outcome. We … Continue reading One in Three

Ready Not Ready

Our youngest starts high school tomorrow. So obviously we cleaned out his school backpack this weekend. What? You had your child clean out their backpack in June? Yah, that would make sense. That’s not how we roll, and definitely not how this summer went. Although Guy did sneak a peak in, oh, July, and discovered … Continue reading Ready Not Ready

Riding a Bike

[Since I don’t post when I’m away from home, this week I’m going to post some of the content I wrote while on vacation…] They say, “…it’s like learning to ride a bike!” They’re wrong. I don’t remember learning to ride a bike. I do remember lobbying for my first ten-speed. I accompanied my friend … Continue reading Riding a Bike

His Mother’s Voice

[Since I don't post when I'm away from home, this week I'm going to post some of the content I wrote while on vacation...] Trying to wrestle three teenage boys out of the vacation house and into the vacation isn’t as easy as it should be. Because teenagers: sticky molasses-stubborn. When they finally realized we … Continue reading His Mother’s Voice

Milestones

Annie burst into the bar exclaiming, “What IS this place?” “It’s the best little wine bar you’ve ever stepped foot in, but tonight it’s also a karaoke bar!” came my response. Without a glance at the menu, she ordered a sauvignon blanc and a song list. Her two friends, obviously indulging Annie’s whim, didn’t even … Continue reading Milestones

Travel Bug

My parents took me to London when I was thirteen years old. Real estate clients/friends of theirs held a wedding reception in London; my dad flew for Pan American Airlines; off we went. As the daughter of an airline captain, this certainly wasn't my first trip. Yet London captured my heart. Before we returned home, … Continue reading Travel Bug

ACK the Crazy of Parenting Teens

A friend posted a link to an article entitled, “WHY AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT PARENTING TEENAGERS? I’M LOST AF.” Before I even read the article (a great article) I had my response: Because teens don’t want us telling their stories. Because we don’t want to mess up their lives any more by sharing with the … Continue reading ACK the Crazy of Parenting Teens

More!

I am my mother's daughter. In some ways, I look like her. In so many others, I think like her or act like her. Even some of the ways I am not like her have been influenced by my relationship with her. I learned from her to share her vision for what is good and … Continue reading More!