The Gift

In a packed Sanctuary, Destin was bar mitzvahed. Destin blew us all away. Near the end of the service, he read his speech, that he had written by himself, to all of us. Personally, I had no idea that this 13 year old was so brilliant & so far more mature than any 13 year…

single moms need selfies…

with their children Before the divorce, there was a spouse that could photograph the everyday things. Single moms need to take photos of themselves with their offspring. Selfies are such a kid/teenager thing…which is perfect! Grab a kid & ask them to take a photo with you. I promise you- you need these images, because life may…

last night changed everything.

  i’ve tried, countless times, to explain what it is like to be a mom to my teenager daughters. i try to tell them what it feels like when they walk out the front door. i tell them they are taking a part of my heart with them when they walk out that door. nothing…

my identical twin daughters

A FAIRY TALE Good God, i am so grateful to my daughter, Sophie. Sophie is the daughter that is waving in the photo above. The other daughter? Well, her name is Sarah Louise. This photo of Sarah, in purple, she looks as though she has alabaster skin or December skin. Sarah looks as though she…

why it is so important for children to catch frogs

Well, for one thing, time spent catching frogs, means less time on electronics. A Frog Story As he floated in the water, watching the fish swim through his eggslime, he couldn’t wait to become one. Or so he thought. Then the day he had been waiting for had finally come, he pushed though his much…

a fun way of seeing your child grow…

The jump from 11 years old to 12 is astonishing. Puberty does a number on our children.  i would recommend to all parents…enjoy them (even when they are annoying us with babble about a video game or something)  before puberty makes them no longer yours. I mean, they would prefer hanging out with friends to…

my Bat Mitzvah speech to my daughter

  Most people fall into categories to define who they are. I believe it is my nature to try to simplify my life by putting labels on things and on people. I tried to do so with you. When you were 2, I once watched you stack your wooden blocks into towers, red up, animals…

what to do with my kids over summer break

i have an 11 year old son & a 13 year old daughter. if they had their way, they would be hermits…hermits hiding their rooms, with their brains dripping out their ears from too much internet. i made up a schedule of things that GOING TO HAPPEN everyday. one hour at least outside (yes, a…

Summer Vacation project! Decorating birdhouses with your kids

a fun art project to do with your kids. the unfinished birdhouses can be found at craft stores. if you have beautiful paper you’ve been saving for ‘something’ this is a great way to use it. these birdhouses can be nailed to a tree, or you can use a drill with a long bit, to…

time travel to the 1950’s

  When I was a little girl, my mother would take us to Woolworth’s on the Barre-Montpelier road(Vermont). On the very best days ever, she would treat us to lunch.  If someone asked me, then, what the very best place to eat was, it was the Woolworth’s lunch counter. Fries fried in good old heart…