Which one is our child?

June 30, 2016 0 Comments

“We’re zebras, watching a fellow zebra being eaten by a lion. It kind of feels like that.” That’s how one teenager described bullying.  It was in the film, “A Girl Like Her.” It’s a mock-documentary — but it’s probably one of the most powerful movies I’ve ever seen. Watching it as a journalist, it made […]

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We are lacking…

June 15, 2016 0 Comments

Our world lacks compassion and empathy.  Big time.  And social media just highlights how bad of a place we’re really in. Try to process it.  A young family on vacation…at the most MAGICAL place on earth.  An unthinkable tragedy.  An alligator takes a 2-year-old…rips him away…under water…gone. Moments after the news breaks, there are opinions.  […]

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We are all THAT mom

May 31, 2016 0 Comments

The tragedy at the Cincinnati Zoo has sparked a social media firestorm.  In case you haven’t heard, a 4-year-old somehow managed to sneak into the enclosure where the gorilla was.  The gorilla dragged the boy around the moat…and zoo officials eventually killed the gorilla in order to protect the boy. Twitter and Facebook have been blowing […]

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Fun > Trophy

May 16, 2016 0 Comments

I spent a lot of time over the weekend talking about participation trophies.  I know not everyone agreed with my FB post when I shared my disdain for them, but different strokes for different folks, ya know?  That’s what makes the world go round. But let’s just start giving trophies out when you earn them…not […]

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“I’ll take the girl toy!!”

May 9, 2016 0 Comments

My son wanted fast-food for lunch…he was allowed to pick a reward for a recent accomplishment…so we stood in line.  I would have gone through the drive-thru, but the line was too long and the baby wanted out of her car seat. Immediately. Her scream was like a fire siren at the back of my […]

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Dear college graduate,

May 6, 2016 0 Comments

Congratulations on graduating from college.  It’s a feeling unlike any other when you finally walk across the stage to get your degree.  It’s almost surreal…it finally hits you that you are walking away from your childhood into the real world…the land of “adulting.” I’ve been in this game called the real world for about 17 […]

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Mommy time-out

May 5, 2016 0 Comments

Just because I would like to sleep in on Mother’s Day…take a shower without interruptions…or have some “me” time, does not mean that I am unappreciative. It does not mean that I am not aware that I am beyond blessed.  It does not mean that I take for granted the three most amazing little human […]

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Oh parents…

May 3, 2016 0 Comments

They pop up at the start of every season: football, basketball, cheer, dance, baseball, wrestling, hockey…you get the idea. They’re posted up at every single practice…watching and examining very closely…waiting to give their “opinion” to the coach.  If their child isn’t on the “right” team or if they don’t have a desirable position on the team, […]

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“She deserves privacy.” Um no.

April 28, 2016 0 Comments

I can’t get the comment out of my head: “I don’t check her phone because she deserves some privacy.” “How old is your daughter?” “15.” I was at a community meeting about bullying.  You could hear the collective gasps. Then there was nothing. Crickets. Full disclosure:  I am absolutely an imperfect parent.  There are many […]

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Shifting focus…

April 22, 2016 0 Comments

In a sea hundreds of compliments, well-wishes, praise — I would worry about the one or two negative comments.  I would focus on them…stress over them…bubble over with anger…then I would most likely call them out. Confession: I’m over it. Of course it doesn’t feel good if someone calls you ugly, fat or some other […]

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