Conversations with Kids · Family life · Prevention and Addiction · recovery

Honoring My Parents’ 50th Anniversary with “More” Words of Encouragement for Those In Recovery and the Partners Who Love Them

I had to ask permission from my dad to share any information about his journey to recovery as an alcoholic.  He generally keeps this part of his private life with the exception of his AA community, in which he is very passionate.  When I asked permission via text message– because I wanted him to be… Continue reading Honoring My Parents’ 50th Anniversary with “More” Words of Encouragement for Those In Recovery and the Partners Who Love Them

Conversations with Kids · Education · Growing Up New Hampshire · Local · Politics Aside · Prevention and Addiction

Growing Up is Hard: Just ask April Flowers and Teenagers

“I can’t believe it’s happening,” overhead in the back seat by a friend’s kid. “What’s happening?” I inquire, honestly believing we are talking about an upcoming test or someone’s behavior or an eagerly anticipated event over the weekend. “Puberty is happening.  Well, it isn’t exactly happening at this minute, but it’s going to. What I… Continue reading Growing Up is Hard: Just ask April Flowers and Teenagers

"No Child Left Inside" · Conversations with Kids · Education · Family life · Mom is Doing Her Best · Prevention and Addiction · Through the Power of Sport

Today is the 33rd National Day for Girls and Women in Sport

If this is only the 33rd National Day for Girls and Women in Sport, then I was only 11 the first year of its inception, the very same year, incidentally, I renounced Catholicism (thanks again Mom and Dad for letting me make the decision) for not being allowed to play CYO basketball at Our Lady… Continue reading Today is the 33rd National Day for Girls and Women in Sport

Conversations with Kids · Education · Family life · literacy · Local · Politics Aside · Prevention and Addiction

Why Mentoring Matters– Both to Children and Adults Alike

January is National Mentoring Month, which is cool on many fronts, but mostly because a local baby has been born in our community whose mission is to foster mentoring relationships between young women and their more experienced counterparts.  This “baby” is Virago, a new program falling under the Bridge Project, coordinated by Life Coach Tracy… Continue reading Why Mentoring Matters– Both to Children and Adults Alike

"No Child Left Inside" · Conversations with Kids · Education · Family life · Local · Mom is Doing Her Best · Politics Aside · Prevention and Addiction

Why We Make Our Kids Do Hard Things

Last Sunday night before bed, as we were trying to “get back into the routine” and I was returning to school, my 8 year old son held my hand with one of his (the other clutched his favorite stuffed puppy), “Mom, how can you make me go to theater camp for an entire week?” Dramatic… Continue reading Why We Make Our Kids Do Hard Things

Conversations with Kids · Family life · Growing Up New Hampshire · Local · Prevention and Addiction

For the Mom Passed Out Behind the Wheel on the Exit 32 Off Ramp

UPDATE 5.22.18: NOT INCLUDED IN THE FOLLOWING IS THE FACT THAT I DID CALL PROPER AUTHORITIES INCLUDING LOCAL POLICE AND INFORMED OUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION AS A MANDATED REPORTER. Dear Local Mom Passed Out on the Off Ramp, When I came upon your car yesterday afternoon on the southbound exit, I noticed your head slumped down. … Continue reading For the Mom Passed Out Behind the Wheel on the Exit 32 Off Ramp