Reward Chart or Daddy’s Leverage?

Last Saturday I’d had enough of my often devilish-but-sometimes-sweet 3 year-old son, Everett. As if possessed by the ghost of a Chucky Doll, by mid-afternoon Everett was in full constant-tantrum mode.  If he wasn’t hot, he was hungry or tired or ready to go. The only defense for my overly emotional little terror was to split … [Read more…]

My Kids Need to Fail

Whether it be open houses, pre-school year meet-and-greets or a P.T.A meeting, opportunities are plentiful for us parents to be as active as we wish to be at school.  For me, trying to get to everything for multiple kids can be a part-time job – one that I keenly enjoy. My kid-centric, hyper-focus has me … [Read more…]

As Simone Biles Wins Gold, Let’s Puncture the Adoption Circle of Silence

The story of Simone Biles should have reignited an open discussion about the gift of adoption. Biles was adopted by her biological grandparents.  Her story, like that of so many adoptive families, is one of triumph though struggle – of meager beginnings and extraordinary accomplishments. Over the past few days, though, the shine of the … [Read more…]