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 …

    Courageous Conversations
    April 15, 2014
    Courageous Conversations – Speaking up for Children

    When I started doing prevention education in the 1980’s, the focus was on empowering kids to say “No” should they find themselves in a vulnerable situation. At some point, however, it became cle…

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    April 14, 2014
    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April is Child Abuse Prevention month, an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for a silent epidemic that harms our children: child sexual abuse. In the face of this epidemic, I believe we have to…

    Compassion Meditation For Kids
    April 4, 2014
    Compassion Meditation For Kids

    Research indicates that compassionate children become caring and optimistic adults. Many people think that compassion is a natural trait, but it can be cultivated through formal meditation techniques,…

    April 3, 2014
    Mindful Family, Happy Family

    Take a moment and imagine what it would be like if everyone in your household was more patient, kind, calm and respectful. Trips to the doctor’s office become more infrequent, grades improve, and di…

    April 2, 2014
    Stress Management For Busy Families

    Stress management is not a luxury. From parenting to work-stress to paying bills on time, there are many things that can trigger the stress reaction known as the fight-or-flight response. If you do no…

    8 Tips To Help Your Child Cope With Grief
    April 1, 2014
    8 Tips To Help Your Child Cope With Grief

    Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and unfortunately children are not immune. While we wish we could inoculate them against pain, the reality is the only way out is through. As a parent, there are m…

    8 Tips for Bereaved Parents
    March 31, 2014
    8 Tips for Bereaved Parents

    When a family member dies, everyone in your home will experience the pain of loss. How you react will certainly affect your child, but this does not mean you need to hide your feelings. In fact, that …

    Outdoor Play
    March 12, 2014
    Getting Out in Nature

    As a Mom of two school-aged girls it is a constant challenge to carve out the time to get them outside to play, but we try to make it a daily priority. Winter in our part of the country makes it even …

    The Truth And Nothing But The Truth About Successful Parents
    March 7, 2014
    The Truth And Nothing But The Truth About Successful Parents

    What if I told you much of what you hear about parenting is not true? What if I told you the color of one’s skin, race, creed or national origin has no predictive value on their potential to be a go…