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…

    Summer Day Care Panic
    May 2, 2014
    Summer Day Care Panic!

    What do you mean they aren’t going to be in school all day! Day care failure: two words that panic any working mother. We work to split ourselves from our maternal feelings, and we theorize that if …

    Choose Your Home Team
    May 1, 2014
    Choose Your Home Team

    Tassology: the art of reading tea leaves At the bottom of a great cup of tea, the leaves that give the brew its flavor are left behind. Legend has it that the study of such tea leaves will show you in…

    One Life One Calendarjpg
    April 30, 2014
    One life – One Calendar

    For a long time I kept two separate calendars: one for work and one for home. I thought it was necessary to keep two very separate schedules in order to be in control of both facets of my life. I was…

    Do Not Take the Mom Out of the Career Woman
    April 29, 2014
    Don’t Take the Mom Out of the Career Woman

    I grew up in a corporate world where you kept office issues at the office and home issues at home – never should the two mingle. I was good at it. My success at work continued to be acknowledged wit…

    Give Yourself an A Plus
    April 28, 2014
    Give yourself an A + grade!

    Are you giving yourself a grade of C- for your performance at work and home? Trying to attain the mythical work-life balance can leave you feeling frustrated, disappointed and angry. Many of us strugg…

    Obesity Media Campaigns
    April 24, 2014
    Obesity Media Campaigns: Why Is It Okay to Call Children Fat?

    "It's hard to be a little girl if you're not." Those were the hurtful words on just one of the many billboards used in the Strong 4 Life campaign in Georgia in 2012. The ads were intended to be helpfu…

    Reporting Behaviors of Concern
    April 18, 2014
    Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Yesterday we talked about specific behaviors of concern that may tell you that someone is sexually abusing or being abused. Now we’re going to talk about what to do if you see a behavior of concern …

    two little girls playing doctor
    April 17, 2014
    Child Sexual Abuse – The Warning Signs

    Adult sexual abusers groom children (and their parents) rather methodically. By paying attention to warning signs, adults can disrupt behaviors of concern. Behaviors of Concern in Adults Pay attention…

    Choosing Safe Caregivers
    April 16, 2014
    Choosing Safe Caregivers

    In most cases of child sexual abuse, the abuser is alone with the child, has authority over the child, and takes advantage of the child’s trust. With this in mind, how can you choose safe authority …