Wednesday 04/08/2015
Holding Hands
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 9:41 am

My son still holds my hand in a parking lot. Automatically, he will reach up to grab it as we step off a curb or out of the car. Last week, as we left his soccer game at dusk, he took my hand and as we walked I had the sudden, sobering thought: It won’t be like this for much longer. These days are almost over.

Friday 02/27/2015
Language of Love
Updated: February 27, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Have you heard of love languages? In his book, “The 5 Love Languages,” author Gary Chapman outlines the five basic languages that he believes we use to express our love emotionally. He maintains that each of us prefers one of the languages below in order to feel loved by our partner:

Wednesday 10/01/2014
Miles of Milestones
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 11:01 am

First word, first step, first day of school, first date – childhood is built, brick by brick, on milestones. We stand at the ready with our cameras and scrapbooks to capture each and every memorable moment, determined to chronicle the magic of development.

Friday 08/08/2014
Don’t Let Summer Slip Away
Updated: August 08, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Wait! Hold up! I know August is the back-to-school issue, but I’m not ready to pack up the sandals and sunscreen just yet.

Thursday 07/10/2014
Summer separations
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 3:54 pm

In a few short days, we’ll head into July and the “official” start of summer. Due to a flurry of snow days over this past winter, our school district, like many, saw a class schedule that ran – or rather was dragged reluctantly, kicking and screaming – into the last full week of June.

Monday 06/09/2014
100 Years of Celebrating Mothers
Updated: June 09, 2014 - 4:25 pm

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. The idea of an official Mother’s Day is historically credited to a woman named Anna Jarvis, who sought to honor her own mother, Ann Maria Reeves, following her death in 1905. Reeves was an activist who cared for Civil War soldiers (on both sides) in West Virginia and organized public health projects, such as one to lower infant mortality.

Thursday 05/01/2014
CSA adventure
Updated: May 01, 2014 - 10:35 am

For the past two summers I have purchased a share at a local community supported agriculture farm – a CSA. Although I haven’t completely abandoned the idea of growing my own garden, I no longer have enough sunny backyard space to support a bountiful garden.

Monday 03/24/2014
Waiting on spring
Updated: March 24, 2014 - 12:30 pm

March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb … or so the saying goes.

Mentors matter
Updated: February 24, 2014 - 4:29 pm

My first job fresh out of college was working in a residential facility for at-risk adolescents with substance abuse issues. I had spent four years studying psychology and was eager to put my child development knowledge into practice. From behind my rose-tinted glasses, I pictured the potential bonding moments and heartfelt chat sessions.

Friday 01/17/2014
Resolve to accept
Updated: January 17, 2014 - 2:55 pm

On New Year’s Day, after all the holiday boxes have been packed up and put away for another year, I cozy up on the couch and jot down a handful of resolutions – just a few goals, nothing major. Usually it’s more of a to-do list for the year: fix this; paint that; start a project. By now I’ve learned to keep my resolutions attainable to eliminate the inevitable feelings of failure when I can’t make a resolution stick past February.

Thursday 12/05/2013
The gift of time
Updated: December 05, 2013 - 3:31 pm

One of my friends recently shared a great article written by a mom about the holidays, “The Gift of Not Giving a Thing,” on a social media site. It really struck a chord with me and caused me to rethink my own holiday gift-giving ways.

Friday 11/08/2013
Under stress? Just dance!
Updated: November 08, 2013 - 1:35 pm

I work in a world of production schedules, meetings and deadlines. My desk at work is littered with scribbled lists that are the key to managing my time, remembering daily errands and getting through the week. I am multi-tasked to the max.

Friday 10/04/2013
Take control of food fears
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 10:33 am

I’ve spent a lot of time focused on my diet lately. In August, I suffered a severe allergic reaction to a seemingly benign over-the-counter medication that I never would have thought twice about taking in the past. Suffice it to say, my body 100 percent rejected this product and sent me the message in no uncertain terms.

Friday 09/06/2013
The chore jar effect
Updated: September 06, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Little kids want “stuff” – lots and lots of stuff. And by stuff I mean those small, gimmicky toys that they will play with for a week and then lose forever under the bed, or leave in the middle of the floor to be stepped on and broken the next day.

Friday 08/09/2013
Summer fades to fall
Updated: August 09, 2013 - 10:02 am

Can’t you just smell the cafeteria food now? Ok, I can hear your collective gasp, “No! It’s only the first of August! We still have four weeks of summer left!”

Thursday 07/11/2013
Raising millenials
Updated: July 18, 2013 - 9:23 am

Growing up is tough. Helping kids grow up is tough, too. Once parents survive the sleepless nights of feedings and diaper changes, there are the bumps and bruises of toddlerhood. Then school starts and it’s a whole new ball game once again.

Friday 06/07/2013
Fireflies and fathers
Posted: June 07, 2013

June brings transitions and celebrations as the school year comes to an end and summer begins to heat up. The kindergarten year has flown by for us and soon my little guy will be moving on to the first grade. He has learned so much and grown in immeasurable ways this year, thanks to his wonderful school and teachers.

Friday 05/10/2013
Mother knows best
Updated: May 10, 2013 - 4:18 pm

We’ve all heard the saying, “Mother knows best.” It’s a mantra that is chanted over and over throughout our childhoods and is worn proudly as a badge when we eventually become parents in our own right and the power is transferred to the next generation.

Thursday 04/04/2013
Growing green
Updated: April 04, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Despite the fact that the snow was still piled up to almost a foot in the third week of March, I’ve been dreaming about seeds, dirt and gardens for the past month. By the time April rolls around, I’m always eager to get my hands and fingernails dirty and to sprout some seedlings. I think it’s in my blood, passed on to me by my back-to-the-earth parents.

Thursday 03/07/2013
March means walks…and mud
Updated: March 07, 2013 - 1:33 pm

I have to admit that during the winter months my health regime falls to the wayside. I eat a lot of yummy comfort foods and my exercise routine gradually slows to nonexistent. I just can’t motivate myself to do more than snuggle under a blanket on the couch when it’s freezing outside and dark by 4:30 p.m. every day.

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Not you?||
Logout|My Dashboard
Keene Sentinel Logo