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Time for School, Mom!


Shawna McCowan always wanted to work with Veterans but she wasn’t sure how. McCowen admitted that after high school, “It took me a while to get it together, and I wanted to help. I wanted to be part of the solution.”  She went back to school when her first son was 5, working full time…. Read more »

Teens: Let Them Text


I’ve seen the inside of a lot of therapy rooms and never, not once, has an important disclosure included confident eye contact. I’ve shredded soggy tissues with eyes cast down. I have chewed a cuticle.  My eyes darted here and there in search of answers. But never have I wanted to look my therapist in… Read more »

Give the Gift of Empathy: Donate a Book


My daughter’s favorite book in the third grade was the story of Ruby Bridges, the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis of 1960.   She had plucked the book from the shelves in her school library and latched on to the… Read more »

It’s Not Manly to Die Young: How To Help Our Boys


Whether You say “No-Shave November” or “Movember,” men’s health is on our minds this month. Both organizations bring awareness to important health issues affecting men by encouraging people to put down their razors.  Screenings and preventable care are important and understanding this importance starts with teaching our sons that “toughing it out” is not what… Read more »

The Making of a Reader


There’s a voracious reader in all of us, I thought, but, my youngest daughter, Bon, was determined to prove me wrong. I took her to the eye doctor for one reason — so he could tell my melodramatic third-grader there was no physical reason she couldn’t complete her reading homework. But when he asked her… Read more »

School Lunch?


I usually packed my kids’ lunch each day for school, but some mornings came too early. Those were the days I declared, “You’re buying today.” I always kept a few bucks in the school lunch account as my backup. Then it happened one day, it was bound to. I said, “You’re buying today.”  My middle-schooler… Read more »

Contempt and Conversations: Our Children Are Watching


The dread of election season is upon us. What I dread the most is the amped up online vitriol in my own newsfeed every time I log in to social media. It’s everywhere though, and on both sides, fed to us through television, radio and print media. I teach my kids about the destruction of… Read more »

PokemonGO is a Good Thing, I Swear


PokémonGO challenges the gamer stereotype, right? Even the memes are are poking fun, depicting kids walking out into the light for the first time, shielding their eyes, burning their never-seen-the-sun skin.   The game is like geocaching meets a scavenger hunt and it’s fantastic. My eldest daughter liked to geocache (is that a verb?) with… Read more »

Protect Them? How About We Equip Them Instead


After the Orlando attacks, a Facebook friend debated in a post whether or not to shield her gay son from the hatred she sees online. I understand the instinct. As parents we don’t want to throw our children to the vitriol of online trolls. But I disagree with the  “Protect him as long as you… Read more »