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?...

10 Steps to Making Our Children and Ourselves More at Ease

The shelter in place orders continue. And our stress, anxiety, and boredom might be increasing. Here are 10 ways to ease the tensions at home during these very unusual times. Make yourself #1.You are the center, the fulcrum of a scale, and you cannot balance...

Today’s Academic Growth vs. Emotional Growth

When the first shelter in place order was issued here in the Bay Area, we were told it was for 3 weeks. Now it has been extended for another 4 weeks. And while the good news is that our efforts to stay home are indeed flattening the curve locally, it is very likely...