When to stop parenting — that is the question

By | 2017-08-22T09:22:00+00:00 July 29th, 2017|

When they turn 18. When they get married. When they have kids of their own. When, if ever, is it time to stop parenting our children? I have a 16-year-old daughter who flips between needing me furiously and furiously needing her independence. Knowing when to step in and when to pull back is a constant struggle. [...]

Overcoming writer’s block in 556 words

By | 2017-09-14T14:15:49+00:00 July 26th, 2017|

For the last few days, I've been in a funk. Like a seriously funky funk. And if I'm to be perfectly honest, it has everything to do with this blog. I've been thinking about taking it in a new direction and it's been causing me a lot of stress. Over the course of a few days, [...]

Bonding with your stepchild – 5 lessons I’ve learned

By | 2017-08-13T20:07:54+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

I was recently invited by a fellow mom blogger to write and share a post about 10 things that make me happy. When I finished writing the piece, I proudly read it to my husband. When I was done reading, his face dropped. While he and my daughter had made it onto my list, I hadn’t [...]

10 things that make me happy

By | 2017-08-09T11:45:20+00:00 July 12th, 2017|

I truly believe that happiness is a state of mind. That said, I'm fortunate to have many concrete reasons (beyond my state of mind) for which to be thankful. After joyfully reading about 10 things that bring happiness to blogger Kristal Schirmer of Lattes & Hugs, I thought to myself, "hold on a sec — if Kristal's [...]

Living without breast cancer — one mom’s story

By | 2017-08-07T14:41:36+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

You'd think that 'living without breast cancer' wouldn't actually be a thing, especially for someone who hasn't ever had breast cancer. But oddly enough, it is. At least, for me. When my mom passed away, she was 29 years old. I was just shy of four. In my early years, this didn't really phase me. Even [...]

Teenage sex — 5 things I want my daughter to know

By | 2017-08-25T10:40:18+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|

Teenagers and sex. It's a controversial topic, I know. But here's the thing. Kids are going to do it, regardless of the backgrounds they come from and the values their parents instil in them. Given this reality, here, in no particular order, are five things I want my daughter to know about sex. 1. Sex rocks.  [...]