Evaluating this summer on the first day back to school

Yesterday was the first day back to school here, and I always take some time on that day to think back over this summer in my home and with my children. The delightful conclusion I have come to is that each year, I get better and better at this whole “parenting thing.” As a mom…

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Interview with Sanctuary for Yoga Owner Tricia Heiser

Research has shown that yoga has many benefits for us, from better sleep and immunity, to relaxation, easing migraines, and fighting food cravings. Yoga has been a big part of my parenting life (as a wonderful source of stress relief and re-balancing), so I thought it would be fitting to interview the owner of the…

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The Best Gift A Mother Can Give Herself

This week, Mother’s Day is on my mind. Yesterday, I talked about the pressure society places on us to get our moms the “perfect” Mother’s Day gift. Today, I want to talk about the perfect gift each mom can give to herself. We live in a fast-paced society that only seems to be speeding up…

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Baltimore: Where Do We Go From Here?

I have intentionally avoided commenting on the riots that have sprung up around the country in recent times but today, I find it impossible to be quiet, as the events are unfolding in my beloved hometown of Baltimore and my heart is aching. I have friends and family who are firefighters and police officers who…

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The Healing Power of Connection

I have had the most fabulous work week. So many good things have happened. For example, a foster mom I have been working with on conscious parenting practices was telling me that her foster daughter told her that she preferred to be at her friend’s house because she “hated” being at the foster mom’s house.…

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Happy Birthday To My Angel In Heaven


If she had lived, yesterday my daughter Sydney would have been 14 years old. How has so much time gone by? I think back to just before she was born. Her due date was approaching, but as it crept closer each day, I became more and more nervous. I knew with her particular heart defect…

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What Is My Calling?

I just had a great conversation with a friend and colleague. We were talking about our careers as parent coaches and how much we love our jobs and are committed to helping parents become the parents they wish to be. I was telling her about my childhood friend who died this week of breast cancer…

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Cancer Sucks

October is breast cancer awareness month. I received the sad news that a childhood friend from the neighborhood where I grew up died yesterday of breast cancer. She would have turned 39 in 11 days. This young woman had a loving husband and two adorable children – a 3 year old son and a 2…

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