“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...

3 Tips for Closer and Kinder Communication

Here we are in month #6 of the Covid-19 pandemic, with every aspect of our lives, including, perhaps most importantly, our children’s education, being affected on a daily basis. It’s August. We should be buying back-to-school clothes and supplies, planning carpools...

School Considerations Fall 2020

As the mother of two adult children, and as a former special education teacher, I am very familiar with schools and parenting. I know what it's like to fill out all the paperwork at the beginning of the school year. I know what it's like to help with homework (and to...

The Value of Our Giant Values

It was early April, 1995. My son Brandon was 10 years old, and my daughter Casey was 6. Excitement was high. We were heading to the San Jose Giants baseball stadium, home of the Single A team for the San Francisco Giants. There we would pick up one of the players (a...

The Pandemic: Then and Now

Tomorrow, Friday May 29, will end the 11th week of Santa Clara County’s shelter-in-place order first issued on March 16. That seems like a long time ago, and it also seems like just yesterday. I remember walking 5 miles around my neighborhood the next day: typically...

A Most Unique Mother’s Day

Tomorrow is the day to celebrate Moms. Biological moms, adoptive moms, foster moms, step moms, mothers in law, and all those who fill the role of mom, including aunts, dads, and friends. How will you spend Mother's Day tomorrow, and who will you be celebrating?...