Tag Archive: parenting

Parenting an Average Student

Note: This post was written with my son’s blessing and encouragement.  One of the most challenging aspects of raising my son was accepting the fact that he was an unmotivated student. Though his father and I tried not to let his grades define how we saw him, especially during high school, they did have an…

The Gifts of Adult Children

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There comes a day as a parent when the pendulum swings towards your child becoming a full-grown adult. The world tilts a little and the pendulum stays there, never returning to childhood again.   I look at my daughter’s face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with chubby hands and a…

25 Great Things About Being the Mom of Adults

Though there are times when I miss having little children, being the mom of adults has it’s perks.   You no longer have to drive them anywhere. They should, by now, have their own transportation. Your wallet is no longer their ATM. You can give them money if you want to, and it feels good when…

The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Son

In about a month, my son will graduate from college. Since he’s my youngest, this means that my days as a “mom” who gives my kids their allowance, reminds them of doctor’s appointments, thank you notes, bank deposits, getting their cars washed, registering for classes, calling their grandmothers, ordering contact lenses, buying new underwear, and so…

Social Surrogates – a Crying Shame

Friday morning, April 18 I was sitting at my computer, deciding which photo of my daughter to share on Facebook to wish her a happy birthday, when I heard the friendly folks on Good Morning America introduce a segment called “Social Surrogates.” In case you missed it, here’s the link to the story.   In a…

25 Ways You Know You Were a Parent in the 90’s

For those of us who became parents in the 1990’s, there are things that we experienced that young parents of today will never understand. Like how devastating it could be when a VCR tape broke. Or when a roll of film was over-exposed and none of the pictures from your kid’s birthday party came out….

The Art of Parenting

Yesterday I posted this photo on my Facebook page: It was seen and shared over 2000 times. Apparently it struck a nerve. I take no credit for the sentiment – that would go to Dr. Bill Cosby, comedian and philosopher extraordinaire. I do know, however, that no truer words about parenting have ever been spoken….

Why the Super-sized Soda Ban Is a Bad Idea

Yesterday, the state supreme court of New York struck down Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on gargantuan sugary drinks in New York City. Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr. called the ban “arbitrary and capricious,” citing the difficulty of enforcing the law due to myriad loopholes and exceptions. I applaud the judge’s decision. How much oversight do…

Our Children are not our Masterpieces

  “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” – Chinese proverb I spent the weekend with some of my family, which was, as always, a lot of laughing, a bit of arguing, a lot of eating, and most of all, an abundance of love.  That’s how MY family…

Kids as Adults – a New Kind of Parenting

Being a mother never ends. We all know that. Here I am with two grown kids, and still I worry – not like I did when they were growing up, but they are there, all the time, in my train of thought. Is there  a moment as a mother when you aren’t a mother? Are…