Two-thirds of people expect arguments during the holidays, but the season doesn’t have to be so fraught with family disagreements. Here is how to handle awkward family at the holidays—from responding to insensitive comments to dining with loved ones on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Read the story online, Women’s Health, November 2017.
Sometimes it’s okay to ditch the schedule and simply soak in the moments with your children. As a mom, I’m constantly learning this lesson—and learning to take it slow with my kids. Read Life in the Slow Lane, PDX Parent, June/July 2016 or read it online.
When President Trump was elected, I didn’t know how it would affect my family. But with the New Year, we are getting involved in family activism. Read Future Tense, PDX Parent, January 2017 or read it online.
One daughter wanted nothing to do with me; the other one refused anyone else. This stage in motherhood was absolutely exhausting. Read Two daughters, opposite needs, PDX Parent, March 2017 or read it online.
Flying with a baby and toddler solo is no picnic. But as I write in this Metro Parent column, flying with kids helped me find compassion in the least likely of places. Read Up in the Air, Metro Parent February 2016.
Holidays with kids entail a deluge of gifts from well-meaning friends and family. Here is my wish list for our girls’ presents—a list a little different than you might expect. Read Wishful Thinking, Metro Parent, December 2015.
Having a second child means a lesson in patience, for everyone in the family. Read Take Two, Metro Parent, October 2015.
When summer is a distant memory and spring is a long way off, it’s time to get out and enjoy winter’s best vacation spots. Oregon’s coast offers fun for families, no matter the weather. Read Going Coastal, Metro Parent, December 2014.
From a stay in a yurt with (most of) the comforts of home to a rugged backpacking outing, this guide to the Pacific Northwest’s best summer camping has something for every family. Read Happy Campers, Metro Parent, May 2015.
In this bimonthly column, I prepare to welcome a new member of the family at an old stomping ground. Read Thousand Acre Wood, Metro Parent, May 2015.