A few months ago, Bryan Sexton, PhD of the Duke Patient Safety Center (and fellow Carolina Friends parent) came to talk at Medicine Grand Rounds. The topic? The amazing benefits of retraining your brain to focus on the positive things vs the negative things. We are inherently hard wired to focus and remember the negative, … Continue reading Three Good Things
Check out this perfectly normal looking school carpool picture. It cannot be real, right? Especially yesterday.... the Monday after the daylight saving time change. The teenagers in this picture are smiling, fully dressed, and are not yelling at the driver of the car. This was NOT the picture of morning carpool at our house yesterday. … Continue reading Daylight Savings parenting fail
My sweet, smart, self-confident daughter turned 13 and our family jumped on the roller coaster of life with a teenage girl. I thought I had prepared her for the adolescent years. We talked openly about being true to yourself, and I felt she was well on her way to successfully navigating this time of life. … Continue reading Parenting the teenage girl: the daily roller coaster
First, I have a confession. I was not proactive last summer and my teenagers ended up with a lot of down time. After living through that summer, I am determined not to have a repeat this summer. My first task is changing how I present summer activities to them. Last summer I asked them what … Continue reading summer and teenagers… what to do?
The anniversary of my mom's death is coming up in the next few months. It will be the 4th anniversary, and I am trying to figure out the best way to prepare for this time of year. But before we get into how to prepare, I need to share my blue bird story. I have … Continue reading Processing the loss of a parent
I know I cannot be the only one out there. The busy mom who shops only at the nice grocery store because it has everything I need. I must confess I am a convenience shopper in all aspects of my life, which I am hoping to work on in 2019. Let's start with groceries, because … Continue reading convenience shopping
Growing up, my friend Melanie's dad used to always make the joke that his arms were too short and that is why he could not see the fine print. This summer, I became Gary. It started with me pulling away when trying to read things (hence the too short arms joke), then I could only … Continue reading my arms are too short
Our dog Smooch recently had some health issues which made me think about her mortality. Thankfully her test results and ultra sound came back indicating only early kidney disease, which is treatable with super expensive prescription diet food. But something the hubs said a while back made these health issues more scary.... we only have … Continue reading planning for the empty nest… what is next?
A friend of mine used the analogy of a revolving Lazy Susan of teen issues when I asked for a parenting pass for a day. It is so very true. Once one issue has been resolved, another one comes around. One of my kiddos has been working through some pretty serious anxiety. We have been … Continue reading the Lazy Susan of teen issues
Like most busy moms, it is hard to find time for a lot of hobbies. I am proud that I have found a few that work for me, and do not make me feel guilty for spending time just for me. Audiobooks. I can listen while driving, doing chores, or relaxing. Some of my favorite … Continue reading hobbies