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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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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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 […]

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  • Seven Fabulous Fibs I Tell My Kids

    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-armed, mother-Earth-to-all kinds of mothers fib to their kids. I think it’s fine. Fabulous, in fact. As mothers, we tell untruths […]

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  • Moms vs Showbusiness

    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 personal experiment. And here’s one of my findings: Moms who work in entertainment just might be conditioned to handle motherhood best. A bold accusation, […]

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  • Summer Day Care Panic

    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 we have a system of day care for our children, with numerous backup and contingency plans, it will […]

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  • Choose Your Home Team

    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 insights into your future and will help you map out a course of action. I […]

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