Top 10 Ways to Create an Independent Son

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs you'll ever have. While raising competent, responsible individuals capable of making sound decisions is every parents goal, creating a balance of nurture with freedom can be a difficult balance for a parent to achieve. In my opinion, being a good parent means providing a consistent framework of guidance and nurture while letting go of a little control so your child can confidently learn how to make good choices independently. Someone once told me, a good parent teaches independence and can let go. It's ...more

Cut the Apron Strings

I was sad when my son woke up one morning and told me he didn’t want to wear diapers anymore.  Great, you’d think……who likes changing those things anyway? But it’s a huge milestone, especially when it’s your youngest or only child.  ...more

The price of being rescued

Being rescued isn't as great as I thought it would be.  Letting someone fix things only makes me feel pathetic and incompetent.  I made plans to get the roof fixed.  Then I got an estimate on painting my house.  I have a decent amount of money set aside for that.  It means allowing a little credit card balance to build up, which is unfortunate, but the house really needs to be painted before more serious damage sets in. ...more

"Let us not tarry in midair" Artist Alice Cathrall

Wandering on her own

My daughter is cautious. Calculated. I don't think she gets that from me. I run head first into just about everything, especially mistakes, and usually several times. Probably she gets it from my husband. Of course when I'm grumpy this "cautiousness" is interpreted as "slowness" to me, making me grumpier. But my daughter, well she's still a toddler and cute enough to get away with it. ...more's: The New-Age 20-Something Chick

I’m a hard worker and always have been. I started working when I was 14; I printed out cheap flyers ...more

Freedom's just another word (on independence and ... dependence)

Happy Independence Day. In honor of the day, I've been thinking a lot about independence and dependence and how to have both in a relationship, in a life. I'm blogging about it here. I've curious what you think. ...more

"Independence is the easy part"

With Independence Day rolling around, I'm thinking about independence and dependence. Webster's notes that "depend" is from the Latin "to hang from"  and so I have wondered does loving, depending mean you have to hang from? In college I was sure depending was a bad thing, a way to lose yourself. Now, I'm not so sure - there's a beauty to depending, and a wonder about being depended on. ...more

BalanceBoost's Independence Issue on Wellness & Green Living

As the Founder of BalanceBoost Wellness & Green Social Network I invite you to read this week's issue of our Weekly Wellness & Green Guide featuring Blogs on Independence and Politics. Click here to read Our Independence Guide.  Here are the highlights: ...more


Yesterday we went to the Folklife Festival at the National Mall. We decided to go before the sweltering hot days of July get here. It was fun. We had Bhutanese food and enjoyed the exhibits. ...more