Ready or Not by Madeline Levine, PhD (Book Excerpt)


C H A P T E R 10 The Future-Proof Family Building a Better Moral Compass and Stronger Communities If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. —African proverb When it comes to preparing our children for an unpredictable future, no conversation is complete without stating ...

HOW TO TALK WHEN KIDS WON’T LISTEN By Joanna Faber and Julie King: Interview with the Authors by Melissa Couch Salim   


This is such a great book. I love the sample conversation that shows the dos and the don’ts. You start by talking about feelings, which is a BIG topic, especially with toddlers and teens. What are a few top basics that we might remember and practice?  It’s stressful when our ...

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, ...

Diary of a Midlife Mom – September 2020 by Lin Griffith


My story begins like many other women.  As a little girl, I dreamed of marrying my prince charming one day, happily raising at least 4 children all while being the perfect wife and mom.  Sound familiar? Fast forward about 20 years, and lo and behold, I was finding myself going through ...

Self Care In Order To Be Mother Bear by Wendy Sue Noah


  I consider myself a Polar Bear Mom, through and through! After winning full custody of my five children, whom I lovingly call my ‘tribe’, my life and heart has been dedicated to these magnificent beings who came through me, and who are a part of me, in every way. To put ...

My Children Are a Work of ART by Marina Paleos


  Sometimes, life leads us down paths we never expected to travel. At 46, I was more than okay with being single and not having a family. Well, just when you think you’ve figured things out, life throws you a curve ball. I met my future husband at 47, married at 48, ...

Mary Poppins Sing Along: Review by Lainie Gutterman


My son saw Mary Poppins Returns twice over the holidays.  So, when I was offered tickets to Mary Poppins Sing-Along at Schimmel Center, I immediately said “yes” even though we had to rearrange our jam-packed weekend schedule to fit it in. An hour prior to the movie, there were pre-show activities ...

Guest Blog Post: Ten Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Tim Hawkes (Book Excerpt)


CONVERSATION SIX: ACHIEVEMENT Most boys want to achieve and be successful. Poor things. They often don’t realise that success can be a bugger. Not long ago, my school had one of those stellar sets of Year 12 exam results that caused me to consider hanging up my mortar board and gown ...

Guest Blog: Setting Sail for a New Family Life by Leon Schulz, author, Sabbatical at Sea, a Family Sets Sail


The following is an excerpt from Sabbatical At Sea.....   It was already May, and the step from Planning into the actual Sailing phase was only a few weeks away. Were we in chaos? That would be an understatement! We were such good planners, surely? What we thought would feel like organizing a ...

Guest Blog Post: My Facebook Truth by Bren Romano Monteiro


Gosh. Sometimes I see those "I know you're real life doesn't look like your Facebook one" meme's that keep coming up and I think "oh no! I'm sure everyone thinks that's me with my cutesy non-stop kid photos and happy-go-luckiness." But it's not me. My life really does look like that. Sometimes. Brief ...