Appreciating the Small Gifts in the Sandwich Years

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The Sandwich Years of Midlife I am a 40-something. Mother of three, wife of one, daughter of two—one of which, my mom, has Alzheimer’s Disease. Looking back on the past year, it was really the time that it started to sink in—I AM in the “sandwich years” that everyone has told me about. I knew […]

Autism: Summer Isn’t Always Carefree

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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 […]

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 […]

5 Tools to Help The Summer Curse of Unstructured Time

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Every summer parents have mixed emotions about school ending. You’re excited to have the busyness of school over, but there’s angst in having unstructured time with kids at home. Routine is nice. Several summers I’ve planned routines with activities and chores for quality family time and my sanity. How else do you keep kids occupied […]

How To Organize Your Teenager’s Room – Part 2

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If you’ve read the first part of this series, you may now be ready for some concrete suggestions on how to find peace. This isn’t easy, and it may not ever be solved to everyone’s complete satisfaction, but I believe there are some boundaries that can be negotiated to alleviate a lot of the stress.  Here’s a […]

How To Organize Your Teen’s Room – Part 1

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So Your Teen’s Bedroom is a Mess Do you have a teenager, and her room is driving you crazy? Maybe the bathroom is even worse: it smells like gym socks or is covered in make-up and hair bands. The days of the perfectly made bed seem far away, and you have lowered the bar way […]

Confessions of a Guilty Holiday Mom

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I looked forward to the college kids coming home for Thanksgiving break. I’m happy when each of my kids is in their beds at night. But I breathed a sigh of relief when they went back to school recently. Is something wrong with me? After talking with moms of teens and college kids, the answer […]

10 Ways to Balance Holiday Expectations

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Balancing Expectations During the Holidays Holidays with teens and preteens can be stressful. Parents feel pressure as much as kids to get the latest gadgets, technology or fashion.  These items can carry large price tags you can’t afford.  Even if you can afford them, you may struggle with buying things your kids don’t need or […]