I'm Being Stalked

Help me. My four-year-old is stalking me.  She’s always been a Mama’s Girl, but in the past month she’s gone from clingy to clinical and it’s driving me crazy....more

I am not ready

My daughter drove to school this morning, taking her last final for the semester. She is a junior in high school. She is a great girl who happens to have  what I would have envied when I was in high school (brains, beauty, an athlete and a strong inner confidence).  She is also in the downward slide to leaving for college.  Sniff. Sniff....more
Beautiful post!  I'm experiencing this as well.  It's so bittersweet.  Your daughter sounds ...more

The Women Behind this Woman

Today's prompt: Who is someone you wish you could see again?...more

Make me do for love what I would not do

The following is told from the perspective of a nine year old girl:"Mommy why are you putting all that make up on?"The minute the words slipped out of her mouth, she knew it was the wrong question.She’d meant to ask,"Will you stay home and snuggle with me and read me a story?"Instead she voiced something that her 9 year old self had not yet learned triggered her mother's furor.She'd tried so hard so as not to upset Mommy by following the new rules since Daddy left....more
thank you so much for reading... it would be helpful to know what you are thinking/feeling after ...more

Road Trippin'!

One of the best and worst things about this time of year is the annual cross-country trip from Denver, CO to Charlottesville, VA. It’s the worst time of year because my youngest daughter, Kimberly, is headed back to school after a meager 12 weeks at home.  It’s the Best time of year because for three days I have one-on-one time with her, laughing, singing, and talking about the quirks of life, from the mundane to the serious. It brings back memories of her middle school years when she went to a private Montessori school that was an hour commute from our home....more

Dr. Romance Video: Repairing a Dysfunctional Mother/Daughter Relationship

(Watch the video here.) When you hit your teens you and your mom had a bad time, and you still are.  Maybe she's not the mother you always wanted, but she's yours. How do you bury the hatchet and repair your connection?  This will also be helpful for moms trying to repair relationships with daughters....more

From Heartbeat to Heartbreak

Passion is an interesting idea. It should be unwavering, full of powerful emotion. It's common to get passionate about children, from giving birth to every milestone in their lives. From the moment we see the heartbeat on the screen, we love them and they become our world. I can think of few things I'm as passionate about as my children....more
Thanks, ladies. Mom and I really poured our heart and soul into it. The mother-daughter bond is ...more

Is it Mind-Reading?

She watches my every move, looking for cues. She did this as a toddler and a preschooler. I was curious then. Now she's 22 years old; she just graduated from college and has moved back into the house to search for a job. She watches and picks up on my cues. I can feel it. Back when she was a little girl I wondered about her cuing from me so often. Now I know it's a trait of many women and girls. Some of us can read the subtle cues in others to a very refined degree. I possess this trait; so does my daughter. ...more

Dealing with Overly Demanding Mothers

Many mothers tell me, including my own, that I have no idea what I'm talking about because I have no children of my own. I am not married, and I have no idea who it feels to be a married-woman-with-children. ...more

Sitting In Silence

I’m in America for a few days spending some time with my daughter before she returns to school for her last semester of college. While we were in the car yesterday, we were talking  and playing tug of war with the radio dial while I was driving. I was trying to focus on what she was saying as well as navigating the car and we went back and forth with the volume control until finally she said, “ I don’t like to sit in silence.”   ...more

Beautifully said.more