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Life in the Slow Lane: Launching our children out into the world

It’s been said that life is a constant lesson in letting go. After all of these years as a parent, you’d think I’d get it by now. As I go through a huge transition as a parent — launching the oldest child out into the world — I’m finally understanding what this means. This is […]

Life in the Slow Lane: There is a cure for the summertime blues

Summertime. This can be an idyllic time for kids, yet not always for parents. There are those who love the carefree time with their children in the summer, and those who break out in a sweat thinking of how to juggle their work and family life from June through August. For working parents, unless you […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Asking for help is not a weakness

What makes it so hard to ask for help? Granted, being self-sufficient is great in many ways. However, a theme I consistently witness and experience is the “That’s OK, I can do it myself” attitude. As humans, we are made to need connection, and this connection often involves helping each other, as well as needing […]

April 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Here are some steps for stepparents

I’d like to think I’m not the wicked stepmother, but sometimes I feel like one. This is a role I didn’t envision for myself after having my own three kids. Being a stepparent is hard, really hard. It’s a unique role that doesn’t quite have a definition. I know what I’m not — I’m not […]

March 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: To give or not to give allowance

Allowance — I didn’t know there were so many options, as it seemed pretty straightforward to me. After some discussions with friends, I realized that this is a much hotter parenting topic than I had anticipated. To give allowance or not — that’s the first question. And if you give it, is it conditional on […]

February 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Resolve to do nothing but breathe, be well

One of my professors in graduate school told me to always take a lunch break during my workday. I thought he meant simply to eat and was curious about this seeming obsession with food, but now I realize he was telling me to take a break. Stop. Do nothing. Breathe. Refuel. How often do we […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Handling holiday hoopla when you’re feeling ho-hum

The holidays are here. You may be excited that family is coming to visit, or maybe it’s your first holidays in your new home. It may be a season full of holiday traditions that you are looking forward to. If you aren’t in the mood for the holidays, however, or if you’re trying to understand […]

December 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Distracted parenting — is it here to stay?

You may not like it, but this is about many of us — the parents of kids with all of those electronic devices that we want to control. I was taking a walk the other day and noticed something: When I passed parents walking with babies or young children in strollers, many of the parents […]

October 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the slow lane: Therapy defined

What exactly is therapy? Actually, this may sound weird (since I’m a therapist), but I don’t really know. Given that therapy is a different experience for everyone, it is hard to define. However, I do know what therapy isn’t. It is not a quick fix — therapists have no super powers to make problems go […]

September 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the slow lane: A kid’s mistakes do not need to define a parent

Sometimes it seems as if there is an energy buzzing around parenting that feels like pressure to have children who are on the winning teams, get fantastic grades and get into the “best” colleges. Before we even become parents, we often have a story about what we picture for our kids. It feels like we […]

August 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Popularity at a not-so-popular price

What makes someone popular? As I witness kids at home and work go through the ups and downs of friendships, I wonder what are the ingredients to creating popularity. Because I know for sure we aren’t born with it. I remember way back in fifth grade, when I wanted desperately for the “popular” girl to […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Don’t just press ‘mix’ when blending families

My household is loud, and involves more meal planning, chore charts and trips to Costco than I could ever imagine. And yes, people think we are crazy. But “it’s our crazy,” I explain, and it’s a choice I made. Sure, I never planned on having six kids — but here I am living in a […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Life in the Slow Lane: Divorcing? It’s up to you what this means

“We are getting a divorce.” Many kids hear that sentence at some point, and their world as they know it gets rocked forever. Maybe you’re considering divorce but you wonder if your children’s lives will be ruined? Not necessarily. Listen up, as you have a big part in this. A wise mentor of mine told […]

May 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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