Communicating Under Water: When Your Daughter Is a Stranger

I remember the first time I was able to connect to Tsega, my three-year-old's "story." I was sitting on the couch, talking to one of his therapists about his challenges, my concerns for him, what I believed about his trauma and the effects of it on his life and brain and future. And I broke down into an ugly cry. As I spoke the words aloud and shared the details of his life it hit me: The depth and scope of what my son experienced. And I wanted to take it all away. It was horrible, unfair, stupid. I was angry at the people in his life that allowed it. Most kids at age three are learning colors and how to sort shapes and how to share toys. He has bigger fish to fry and sometimes it feels like the fish are trying to eat him....more
I just want to encourage you not to give up. As a foster parent for the past few years, I have ... more

Life Well Lived Moments Sweepstakes 10: Share A Moment and Enter to Win an iPod Touch!

This sweepstakes is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered! Please check out our new sweepstakes launching August 1....more
One of my most memorable conversations happened 24 years ago this month. We have a French ... more

What To Do About Grandparents Who Over-Spoil Your Kids

It’s a tricky proposition, one that many parents have battled through at one time or another: How do you handle it when your kids’ grandparents go too far in spoiling your kids at Christmas? It’s an issue worth addressing. The holidays, with the constant influx of people and presents (not to mention all the sugar!), can be wildly over-stimulating for children. And for families interested in focusing on the more meaningful aspects of the holiday, excessive gift-giving can be a confusing distraction. ...more

I had to address this with my mom when my girls were toddlers... We give our kids 3 gifts under ... more