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How Mindfulness + A Positive Attitude Lead to Gratitude

It may be the wisdom that naturally comes with age, increased life experiences, or the constantly evolving positive mindset that I’ve been working on for years now. But, lately, I’ve been particularly attuned to the thoughts of gratitude that run through my mind on a daily basis. Even more surprising, is that it is not […]

Help Your Daughter Manage Her Emotions. First, Identify + Express Your Own.

As I’ve gotten older (and wiser), I’ve come to learn that some of the traits I had been most proud of for so many years are the very ones that are to my detriment. I believed that when I was upset or angry, brushing it off and moving on was not only helpful, but healthy. […]

Talk Less. Smile More. An Effective Parenting Approach.

It’s been a long time since my daughter and I spent an extended period of quality time alone together. My daughter is a teenager. Now that she is beginning to tour colleges, I see it as an opportunity to grab as much time with her as I can before she flies the coop.  Frankly though, […]

Parent the Daughter You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

This morning, as my husband and I were walking our dog, we passed two boys playing catch on their front lawn. I looked at my husband and smiled. Inside, I felt a little ache for him. As an athlete and lover of sports, I know he secretly wished that our girls had that same desire […]

Support Systems Are As Valuable For Our Daughters As They Are For Us

Sometimes I have a love / hate relationship with being a woman. More specifically, being the epicenter of my family. While there are many aspects of taking care of my daughters (and all that goes along with it) and taking care of my home, there’s no denying that along with these major responsibilities comes emotional […]

Being A Mom: Every Part of Raising Children is Humbling

Okay, I’m very well aware that one of the points of writing a blog is to express your own feelings and share it with your community. But every so often you come across something that someone else wrote that rings true, and there’s simply no better way to say it. Below, I’m sharing Anna Quindlen’s […]

Help Your Daughter Ace Stepping Outside of Her Comfort Zone

I’m pretty certain that embarrassing ourselves is not on top of most of our “To Do” lists. And while it’s probably also safe to say that we are all more comfortable sticking with things we know, I’m sure we see the value of stepping outside our comfort zones – even if it means pushing ourselves […]

Moms, Do You Have the Back To School Blues? Let’s Beat It Together!

If you’re anything like me, your wishes turned into reality last week when the countdown to school finally hit zero and the kids got out of your hair…I mean house. Now that we just wrapped week two, the most irritating words you heard echoed all summer, “I’m bored” seem like a distant memory. Yet somehow, […]

Create Traditions & Rituals Your Children Will Never Forget: 12 Ideas

(2.5-minute read) What better way to spend a holiday than with family. Take a minute and think about how you spent your holidays as a child. Odds are you have lots of wonderful memories of the traditions your family created (i.e. finding the matzoh on Passover or enjoying a traditional ham dinner for Easter). What you […]

Teach Your Child the Art of Conversation in the Age of Technology

(4-minute read) It’s no secret that I’m a talker. This trait largely stems from my curiosity and desire to learn.  I’ve found that engaging in conversation with people other than friends and family fulfills these needs. Whether I speak with the familiar woman fulfilling my order at the bagel store or a complete stranger awaiting […]

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