Five Parenting Opportunities that Impact Your Child

parenting opportunities in everyday life

Summer time is filled with lots of time with kids who aren’t in school. It’s easy to have big ideas for summer plans that quickly fade into “back to school planning.” Here are five parenting opportunities I’ve learned make a difference in the life of teens and tweens, even when we feel we’re too busy to do the big summer events. Important lessons kids learn are often from simple things.  As my older children reach adulthood, values they’re choosing were influenced by things I overlooked – like books and routine activities. Certain books and stories we made available to them have … [Continue reading...]

Autism: Summer Isn’t Always Carefree


Summer is nearly half-way over, but the carefree summer days most of us remember as children and teens is not the usual case for teens on the autism spectrum. More often than not, school and therapies continue. My husband and I are parents to a 12-year-old son on the autism spectrum along with a 10-year-old daughter, who excels in everything her brother struggles with. Tending to my son and his … [Continue reading...]

We Set the Sun

We Set the Sun

Who doesn't love a good sunset?  I think that most people can enjoy and appreciate the beauty of one if they stumble upon it, even if it isn't their favorite thing to watch. We do (most) things just a little differently than (most) other people, though.  Often, especially in the summer, we plan our evening around the sunset.  Dinner early or late to accommodate the current sunset ETA. … [Continue reading...]

When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad

It's not just the kids who are naughty on social media... The parents can make your skin crawl. We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next.  The kids have had delays, early dismissals and have missed more days this school year than they have in almost 30 years. It's been one … [Continue reading...]

6 Things That School & Culture Aren’t Teaching Kids

what your kids don't know but should

I’m a middle school counselor, educator, and parent of teens. Both at home and at school I observe essential skills kids lack in the age of technology .  Here are five essential skills kids still need to know that schools and cultures aren’t teaching anymore. Knowing their street address and a parent’s phone number. Each year, sixth graders I teach have to fill out a form with their address … [Continue reading...]

Good cop, Bad cop. How Our Two Mom Family Works

My partner Karol and I have been together for 10 years.  We have lived apart and we have lived together.  When we first decided to take the plunge and be a couple she was about to move to Pennsylvania and I was staying here in Virginia.  We knew it was going to be difficult, especially since we were a new couple, but we knew we could do it.  And we did!  Looking back, I actually think it made our … [Continue reading...]