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The Hard Stuff

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October 13, 2017

Being a mom requires grave risk; we must love our children wholeheartedly knowing full well if we lose them, our heart will break into a thousand pieces. 

I went social media dark for a week, trying to make sense of what happened last Friday, what it...

September 29, 2017

There is no manual or universal solution. This makes parenting really freaking hard. Let's not make it any harder than it already is by passing such harsh judgments, ok?

Are you struggling to make the "right" decision about something regarding your child?

You might organ...

September 22, 2017

I decided if I could find beauty in the strength I have found through adversity,

I could tell my boy I wholeheartedly believe his scars mean he was brave, and strong is beautiful.

Do you ever find yourself wrestling shame about how you parent?

Guilt has a way of creeping...

September 16, 2017

My Godmother reminded me it is a choice we make to go on living despite loss, and that it's possible to choose hope, even when our heart is broken.

Sadly, my Godfather passed away suddenly last weekend, so I returned to my hometown in New Jersey for his c...

June 2, 2017

“I am a dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellect...

April 26, 2017

That moment your life changes in a way you did not expect, or want it to….

Something excruciatingly painful happened? Now, you must cope.

Ever been there, that place you NEVER wanted to be?

Has sadness ever left you wondering, why? Why me?

Adversity is something we are inc...

April 25, 2017

When another mother labels your kid mean.... 

I've written this into a story about the power of positive emotion. You can read about how I am attempting to raise children who above all, are kind, on Huffington Post.

April 21, 2017

 Cherry blossoms....

I have always loved them; it's easy fall in love with these flowering trees, which remind us spring is upon us. 

Even my kids understand my affinity for the pinkish-hued branches, which line the streets on the way to their schools in April. Earl...

April 21, 2017

I had the privilege of reviewing Miriam Akhtar's new book, #WhatIs Posttraumatic Growth.

The long and short of it is, I wish I had this book when I was suffering. 

If you have ever wondered HOW what didn't kill you can make you stronger, buy this book, a step-by-step gui...

April 19, 2017

The moment captured in this photo inspired my recent article. You can read my thoughts about failure, scars, and love on ScaryMommy.

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Sometimes we can’t avoid what is hard, fix what is broken, or keep what we love. Her, you will find my words about HOW what doesn’t kill you CAN make you stronger. From trauma to pregnancy loss and raising a child with ADHD, I am not afraid to talk about what is HARD so I can teach you how to grow through adversity.