Black and white dog sitting on a small child's lap.
    February 21, 2015
    Adding a Pet to Your Family

    You've been thinking about adding a pet to your family, but you have questions. What pet is right for us? Is this the right time? How many pets are right for our family? Will one pet get lonely when …

    Mom, Dad and several adult kids enjoying time together.
    February 12, 2015
    Life Lessons for Moms with Young Children or What I Wish I’d Known Then

    I'm an empty nester. A recent part of the sandwich generation. My kids are grown. My parents are gone. I'm starting (just starting) to have senior moments. In many cultures women of my stage in life a…

    Three young siblings obviously very comfortable with each other.
    June 11, 2014
    Fatherhood Without Plan B

    “Well, let me be the first to tell you, there are two babies in there.”  {pause} “And this appointment is now going to be twice as long so you might want to run down and put money in the meter.…

    Happy family in Italy
    June 9, 2014
    Fatherhood: A Gift to Ourselves and to the Future

    I feel like I've know my wife and children for centuries. Not necessarily in other lifetimes, maybe just as souls or particles of light that finally got a chance to become human. And even if our becom…

    Foster Goal-Digging Not Gold-Digging in Your Children
    June 6, 2014
    Foster Goal-Digging…Not Gold-Digging in Your Children

    Parenting is the most important and rewarding part of life.  We have the divine opportunity to teach love, confidence, compassion, discipline and responsibility to another person. We will know what k…

    Self-Confidence Begins in the Home
    June 5, 2014
    Self-Confidence Begins in the Home

    A child’s sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented in their home.  How a child sees themselves will influence eve…

    Discipline is the Highest Form of Love
    June 4, 2014
    Discipline is the Highest Form of Love

    Discipline is the key to raising functional happy children. What this means is that parents need to, first and foremost, be disciplined themselves. If a parent isn’t disciplined there is no chance o…

    7 Steps to Developing Self-Aware Children
    June 3, 2014
    7 Steps to Developing Self-Aware Children

    Self-awareness is a key predictor of a child’s ability to be balanced and secure in life. Being self-aware helps kids establish positive peer relationships, allows them to get along well at home and…

    5 Ways to Parent the Forgiveness-Cure
    June 2, 2014
    5 Ways to Parent the Forgiveness-Cure

    As parents we must teach our children the realities of life.  Life hurts us, people hurt us, we hurt other people and we hurt ourselves. That is what relationships and life are about. The sooner we l…

    Boys Will Be Boys
    May 30, 2014
    Boys Will Be Boys

    Having two boys means that everyone around us has boys. They are great kids, and for the most part, their parents have similar parenting styles and values. But so many times when we were out we’d se…

    Boys Really Do Not Cry
    May 26, 2014
    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 …

    Foster Parenting - If Not You, Then Who
    May 23, 2014
    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 tha…

    May 22, 2014
    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…

    How to Build Bonds with Your Foster Children
    May 20, 2014
    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 article…

    National Foster Care Month
    May 19, 2014
    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…

    Can Girls be too Strong
    May 16, 2014
    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 h…

    Guilt The Wasted Emotion
    May 15, 2014
    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 wa…

    May 14, 2014
    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 …

    Seven Fabulous Fibs I Tell My Kids
    May 13, 2014
    Seven Fabulous Fibs I Tell My Kids

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on All photos courtesy Jill Simonian.   Do you lie? Most moms do. Most moms I know do. I find that even the most honest, open-…

    Moms vs Showbusiness
    May 12, 2014
    3, 2, 1… ENERGY! It’s Moms vs. Showbusiness Showdown

    Disclosure: A version of this piece previously posted on E-N-E-R-G-Y. It’s a mystery of motherhood. Keeping up my energy between being a mom and working in showbusiness has been my per…