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  • Real Life Puberty For Boys

    Real Life Puberty For Boys

    What happens when a boy goes through puberty? I’m not a doctor or a scientist, so I will not be discussing the endocrine system here. I’m a Mom, so I’ll be discussing real life. I have 2 sons, one who is just beginning puberty and the other one who’s knee deep in the process. Facial […] Read full story

  • Was Breastfeeding Worth It

    Was Breastfeeding Worth It?

    I had to breastfeed my son. I HAD to. My husband is a Type 1 Diabetic and has Celiac Disease and everything I had read said I had to exclusively nurse or my baby’s chances of getting those diseases were much higher. The pediatrician said it was the easiest thing in the world. The only […] Read full story

  • Boys Really Do Not Cry

    Boys Really Don’t Cry

    My 14-year-old son hasn’t cried since the summer before he started Middle School, when he was still just 10. Not that there haven’t been times I was sure he wanted to cry, like when he got hit in the face with a baseball and had a giant fat lip for a week. Still no tears. […] Read full story

  • Foster Parenting - If Not You, Then Who

    Foster Parenting: If Not You, Then Who?

    Like any other challenging and rewarding venture in life, fostering offers a wide range of experiences. Some good. Some not so much. But it’s all well worth it. One thing that can’t be disputed is that it is needed when there are children who have nowhere else to go. For my husband and me, deciding […] Read full story

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    9 Tips to Becoming An Effective Self-Advocate

    As foster and adoptive parents, we literally take on the role of champion for our children, aggressively and consistently fighting for their rights. So how do we advocate for ourselves? Many times, we’re not sure. Following is a list of tips you can use to become a better self-advocate. 1. Believe in yourself. You are […] Read full story

  • How to Build Bonds with Your Foster Children

    How to Build Bonds with Your Foster Children

    As the mother of nine children, the grandmother of 39, and the foster mom of 40, I’ve made family relationships my life’s work. Over the years, I’ve written several books and hundreds of articles and columns — most of them dealing with being successful in what I consider to be the world’s most important job […] Read full story

  • National Foster Care Month

    Celebrate Foster Parents in May

    Please join the National Foster Parent Association in celebrating National Foster Care Month by honoring the dedicated foster families across the country and celebrating the amazing children/youth who, through no fault of their own, are experiencing foster care services. Children and youth who are placed into foster care are there due to significant abuse and […] Read full story

  • Can Girls be too Strong

    Can girls be too strong?

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on To say that I come from a family of fabulous strong women is an understatement. As a child, I remember my own mom ranting about how liberated she felt when she turned 40 (thus igniting fearless confrontations standing up for values she believed in). Both […] Read full story

  • Guilt The Wasted Emotion

    Guilt: The Wasted Emotion

      Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on Guilt is a wasted emotion. I thank my own mom, my best friend to this day, for teaching me this early on in life. Guilt wastes time. Guilt wastes energy. Guilt wastes your youth away.
 Guilt will NOT make you a good mother… it will […] Read full story

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    Do you date your kids?

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on How do you get through the extra-difficult toddler days of whining over wanting both dollies, crying because I didn’t provide enough crackers in the bowl and completely losing all shreds of human rationality over not being able to slam the bedroom door shut just to be […] Read full story