I started taking Zoloft when I was a 5-month-old mother. I had been depressed before, in adolescence and in college, but this was the first time I’d chosen medication. It worked. And now I’m slowly tapering off of my dose because I want to know what life is like without it. Will my long lost libido find its way home again? Can I be the woman and mother I want to be without it? I hope so. Read More
“My mother always used to say: ‘The older you get, the better you get, unless you’re a banana.’” – Rose Nylund (Betty White), “The Golden Girls”
Today (November 13th) is World Kindness Day. It started in 1998 as a movement to increase understanding and compassion between people across the world. To celebrate the day – I would like to share a story with you that changed my life. For me, the healing and transformative power of kindness begins with a cold day in February, many years ago… Read More
My kids are six and ten and I still can’t stand to close their bedroom doors at night. Just like when they were babies, I often wake in the night sure that one or both of them might be in distress. If I leave the doors open between us, I feel like a better mom. With doors open, the slightest noise – a sneeze, or cough, the sound of breathing, or not breathing, or swallowing, or rolling over, or sleep talking, sends my head sproinging off the pillow, and my ears stretching out the door, into the hall and around the corner – the better to hear them with.
“Who’s dying?” I think, Read More
My friend’s daughter just turned three. We throw a birthday party for her every year at our house, and it’s a wonderful tradition. Every year I give her books, since reading and being read to are some of my favorite things to do with my two girls. I usually give books that were the classic favorites of my family, but this year, I found a sweet book that is perfect for the 3-5 year old set. Read More