Archive for May, 2021

Michele Borba, author, Thrivers, The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine: Interview by Melissa Couch Salim


Michele Borba has been a teacher, educational consultant and parent for many years, and she has never been more worried about kids than she is right now.  She describes our kids today as strivers—educated, motivated and more privileged than ever before, yet depressed, lonely and empty, and this is according ...

Tenacity in Children by Sam Goldstein and Robert B. Brooks (Book Excerpt)


How Do They Know? Did you ever wonder why babies quickly develop a social smile and look you in the eyes? Is it surprising to learn that the muscles in your ears are set within the range of women’s voices at birth or that babies prefer looking at women’s faces ...

7 Tips to Be Ultra-Successful After Graduation By Elena Cardone, author, Build An Empire: How to Have It All:


It’s graduation season and an exciting time for both high school and college seniors. You’ve done the work, studied hard and now it’s time to walk across the stage to Pomp and Circumstance and receive your diploma. When all the fanfare dies down, what is your next move? Get a job? ...

Mid Life No Crisis by Lisa Levine (Book Excerpt)


Other People and Their Opinions Remember trying desperately to fit in at high school? Spending hours pondering whether or not you were cool? Or funny? Or smart? Or pretty? Back then, we were caught up trying to evolve in a fishbowl full of judgy peers and social norms. Yet even now, ...

Mommin’ It by Harriet Shearsmith (Book Excerpt)


Reprinted with permission from Mommin’ It by Harriet Shearsmith, Kyle Books 2021 Let’s talk chores When I first became a mum, I never really thought of chores as something that was a controversial or debatable topic. Your kids live in the house, they will one day have 
to live alone – be ...

When (Black) boys graduate by Pamela Francis


You might assume that graduating is every student's no-duh conclusion after 12 years of early rises, sketchy breakfasts, hasty hygiene and barely escaped tidal waves of tardies.  But as a classroom teacher, an educator for over twenty years, a student, myself, for 18 cumulative years, and now as a mom, ...

How to Make Moving Less Stressful For Your Kids


Moving tends to be a stressful process for everyone involved. But as overwhelming as it might feel, you can be certain it’s just as bad for your kids, if not even worse. They have to leave their familiar environment and potentially friends behind, which can cause them a lot of ...

TITANIQUE: A New Day Has Come – Show Review by Ali Skylar


You’ve got to have a ton of guts to go out and impersonate the one-of-a-kind Celine Dion.  Let alone use a slew of her songs as the musical score for a theatrical production. Well, that’s exactly what Tony Award-winning producer Eva Price (Jagged Little Pill, Oklahoma!) did with TITANIQUE, “the irresistibly ...

Meet New Later-in-Life Dad Stephen McCall: Interview by Robin Gorman Newman, founder, MotherhoodLater.com


Stephen McCall AGE: 43 RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single  RESIDENCE: Washington, D.C.  AGES OF YOUR CHILDREN: 11 & 15 I am a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress.  I also am a distinguished military veteran (US Air Force) and worked over 20 years in the Department of Defense as a civil servant. I was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome at age ...

Brotherly Bonding Despite an Age Gap by Sharon O’Donnell


[caption id="attachment_30970" align="alignleft" width="225"] (David, 26; Jason, 20; and Bill, 29 at a recent Carolina Hurricanes hockey game.)[/caption] I remember when I was pregnant with my third son, knowing he would be nine years younger than my oldest son and six years younger than my middle son, and I worried about ...