STANDING BACK

Sometimes you just have to stand back, take a few big breaths, and refocus on the world around you. I think sometimes everything feels too tight, too set, too closed in. Feelings of being penned into a corner, and like there are only a few choices can be stifling. The world is so big. So…

A TALE OF TWO PARENTS

I am fairly active on social media so I know, perhaps more than most parents, how insidious it can be.  There are so many things parents should be aware of before they can help a child navigate cyber space safely.  Although it can be a scary place, social media is at the very core of…

CYBERMONSTERS

The MONSTERS are no longer hiding under our children’s beds.  They are online and they are everywhere.  Sometimes our own little kids have their own monster moments.  I never really plan to do theme months but they happen out of necessity.  I need your help again so I am asking for submissions. Social media is…

TEACHING OUR GIRLS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP

My guest today, Lisa Sadikman, wrote this piece for Scary Mommy and I am honored they are allowing me to include it in this BULLY series.   This is a great post on the importance of learning to build each other up in a society that is really good at tearing each other down. Raising…

THE ‘V’ IN VIOLIN

My guest today, Nick Sanburg, is a blogger who caught my eye as I was thinking about doing this bully theme. My daughter and I have learned so much from reading all the different stories and perspectives so far this month. Of course, she is too young for some of the posts but they have…

FREE – I NEED COMPLAINTS

Well more like advice.  But seriously the complaints can be the most useful.  I need to know what is good and what is bad about my first attempt at publishing.  I have two books nearly ready to publish but I would love to know what you think before I hit the point of no return.…

BEAUTIFULLY UGLY

A few weeks ago, I was standing in line to buy my lunch when an elderly lady suggested, “You could be very pretty if you tried!” Wait, what?? Granted, I decided to wear a sweater that was a bit over-sized, I opted to wear my glasses over my contacts, and my choice to wear very…