More Than a Diploma by Sharon O’Donnell


  This is my middle boy, David, after his graduation with a Masters of Accounting from NC State University this week. This is also my boy who had speech therapy starting at 3, reading comprehension issues in elementary school, an auditory learning disability, & severe anxiety beginning his junior year of ...

Mental Health Issues are in Crisis Situation for Teens/Young Adults by Sharon O’Donnell


Anyone who has read my blog, sporadic as it has become, over the many years I've been writing for motherhoodlater know that my middle son, now 23, has struggled since high school with severe anxiety. It's gotten much better since 2010 and he's thriving in grad school now, but there ...

One More Game by Sharon O’Donnell


My middle son played high school basketball and baseball throughout his entire four years. He could have played college baseball, but the anxiety that he struggled with in high school made him lose his drive and passion for baseball -- not his skill --- he still made all-tourney teams and ...

New website about promoting uplifting high school literature by Sharon O’Donnell


For the past three weeks, my project has been developing a website called Uplit.org, a site dedicated to promoting more uplifting literature in high school English classes. The bleak, depressing literature reading assignments -  that have traditionally been accepted as the norm -- have bothered me ever since my middle ...

Calm Before the Storm by Sharon O’Donnell


The last post I made was right after our relaxing vacation to the coast of Maine and Boston.  When I got back, I was all set for 1. getting my 8th grader back into his year-round school routine and tackling that Algebra 2. taking my oldest son to the University ...

On Being Grateful and Humble – by Cara Potapshyn Meyers


  I would like to start off my blog with an apology to my lovely blogging cohort, Allison Silver. Allison, who lives across the country from me, wrote a wonderful, heartwarming blog about how, during Hurricane Sandy, PICU nurses were carrying critically ill babies down numerous flights of stairs to evacuate ...

More Than We Bargained For by Heather Bowles


Do any of you have stairs in your home? Or were you smart enough to decide when you purchased a home that on the off chance that someday you were a parent you might not want to be tromping up and down stairs seventeen times a day with an infant ...