“Back to School…Finally”

Yesterday Governor Newsom announced that California would be the first state in the nation to require vaccinations or weekly testing for teachers and all school staff that come in contact with students. While the vast majority of educators are already vaccinated (it’s...

Happy Pride Month!

Today is June 1, 2021; the first day of Pride Month. My husband and I ordered our Pride flag to stand in our front yard to honor the transgender, gay, and lesbian members of our extended family and friends. It will also offer support to all those who are feeling...

The Third Best Day of My Life

When I was five years old, I began telling everyone who would listen that “when I grow up, I’m going to be a teacher and a mommy”. And that desire and commitment never wavered for one second. I became a very popular babysitter (starting at age 10), a camp counselor,...

“Genuine Parenting”

“Listen TO and talk WITH your children the same way you want them to listen and talk with you" is advice I share with parents to help improve communication with their kids. "Be yourself; let your children see you as a person, not just a parent" is a advice I offer to...

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Today is Super Bowl LV, which means these championship games started when I was a little girl 55 years ago. I cannot remember ever missing a single one. I watched them as a child with my single mom through all the years of raising my own kids. Watching professional...

“How to Talk About Today’s Current Events”

It's now been almost one week since our Capitol, and our democracy, were attacked by MAGA/trump supporting white supremacists. As a life long news junkie, and someone who now works from home like many of you, I spent hours glued to my television watching the...

The Holidays are Here. Good-bye 2020!

As we head towards the end of 2020, and look forward to next year, we can see that the first half of 2021 is going to look pretty similar to what life looks like now. We will continue to wear masks every time we leave our homes, we will wash our hands often, we will...

Our Pandemic Life Goes on…Please Stay Safe

Last night, my husband and I ate at our favorite Mexican restaurant; we sat outside under a heat lamp, at least 10' from the closest table, and everyone wore a mask, except while eating. It felt fairly safe as we were doing the most important things all of us should...

10 Creative Communication Ideas for Older Kids

Many of you already know my basic communication tips, such as listening more than talking, being empathetic, and talking at the dinner table or at bedtime. Here are some additional tips, many of which are more appropriate for older kids. But it's never too early to...