Just Say No to Your Kids

Be a Parent, Not a Friend: How to Say No to Your Kids

As I plucked a family-sized box of Cheerios from the grocery store shelf yesterday afternoon, a shrill noise came up behind me and I jumped so much, the box jerked from my hand to the floor.  Rounding the corner was a woman with hair falling from her ponytail, pushing a cart with one hand and…

My South Asian Parent Story

When I was a new wife and mom, more years ago than I’d like to count, I wandered the self-help aisles of bookstores almost weekly.  I guess I was a typical newbie at everything family, and needed support and guidance in how to deal with cultural differences, living with a man and all of his…

Our Caribbean Cruise

My daughter and I are packing for a girls’ trip as I write. What shoes will we need?  How many bathing suits will we need?  She is a senior in high school, and this is going to be her big celebratory trip with friends, a tradition we try to keep for our kids.  We love…

Allergy Powder One, Zyrtec Zero

  Birds are tweeting outside, and I look longingly out my backyard window at the fresh green tree branches dancing with the breeze. I love the smell of new honeysuckle and tickle of green baby grass between my bare toes.  But, survival instincts kick in before I turn the backdoor knob, and I back away…

Where Did You Get Your Kids From?

This morning, I clicked play on a rediscovered Christmas 2005 video on my laptop and cried and smiled as I watched. The kids were bouncy, and gap-toothed, and still called me mommy (now, it’s Mom or “Hey, Sheryl” ) Their high-pitched munchkin voices squealing over the things Santa brought them were precious.  My how I…

Holi St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2014 may just be the biggest party day in recorded history.   It is St. Patrick’s Day in the Christian world, and Holi in the Hindu world.  They are two religious holidays that, though celebrating different ideologies, bring out the raucous side of revelers eager to throw caution to the wind for one day…