Healing My Family With Cultural Awareness

Healing My Kids At Home via @MissLori

My kids and I ran away last Summer. We were drowning in hardship and trauma. We had been treading water for over 5 years wrestling against proverbial rapids that included foreclosure, emotional abuse, divorce, education harassment, chronic illness, debt default, missing child support. We were one giant ‘Oprah Show’ of stressors, spending more time below the water line than above. And when we did’t think we could take one more thing my son was diagnosed with cancer. [Read more…]

Are Parents Nurturing or Spoiling Kids; a Happiness Dilemma

Nurturing or Spoiling, A Parenting Dilemma #MLTVkids

When my good friend Kelly Wallace, the amazingly talented editor of CNN.com/Living asked me to contribute to her recent article about parenting I was, as always, happy to oblige. I have contributed to a number of her articles these last few years because Kelly believes as I do that parenting is a team sport. [Read more…]

10 Things My Mom Said That I Do Not, Cannot, Or Would Not Say

10 Things Moms Say Then and Now #MLTVkidsMy mother was in town visiting this week and she was amazed when my son text me to ask me if I wanted anything from the store before he came home. We are all getting used to him having his drivers’ license, but what she was really marveling at was how different things are for me as a mother then they were for her. [Read more…]

Learning to Say Sorry Starts at Home

#Giuliana Had To Learn How To Apologize Like We All Do #MLTVtipsThe other day I had a huge parenting fail. I did something wrong, really stupid and thoughtless. I revealed something heavy to my son in a very casual, offhanded manner, which was extremely inconsiderate of his feelings. Like Giuliana Rancic said the other day, I didn’t mean to. Like Brian Williams said recently, I didn’t intend to. I would never set out to hurt my child’s feelings, but I did. So what did I do next? I apologized. [Read more…]

9 Parent Teacher Conference Must Haves To Advocate For Your Child

Parents Prepare To Advocate For Your Child #MissLoriConcert

This week I’m heading to my childs’ school for report card pick up and that education staple, the parent teacher conference. I’m ready for this dance because I have been talking to the teachers, advocating for my child and nipping problems in the bud, all quarter long. If you suspect there is a problem in your childs’ class and you are waiting until the parent teacher conference to address it with the teacher then you are late to the party. [Read more…]