New Book! So Glad They Told Me

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Which is harder?  The everyday rush of school lunches, the laundry on the floor, the arguments between kids, and the complaining about chores?  Or is it the call from the school nurse, the feverish child, or the crisis of a bee sting or a bloody knee?

That’s what I write about in my essay in the brand-new anthology So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real About Motherhood. I’m honored to be a part of this book, which is about – well, let me just put this here because it says it so well:

“In the increasingly competitive culture of modern motherhood, parenting advice can often be judgmental, unrealistic, or smug. Or sometimes, there isn’t anyone there to offer advice or support. Mothers may be feel isolated and lack a support network to provide honest advice, and others may face a barrage of unwarranted, unhelpful tips or warnings. This collection of essays from 60 mothers will empower and unite parents with real, honest advice from women who have been there. These writers share the advice or support they received—or wish they had—on everything from pregnancy to surviving the first year to parenting teens to empty nest syndrome. Inspired by the viral essay and #SoGladTheyToldMe social media movement, this book aims to change conversations about motherhood by presenting a broader, more realistic, and more balanced image of motherhood so that women will feel less inadequate, adversarial, and isolated. So Glad They Told Me is filled with compassionate, honest advice, and the poignant, painful, and sometimes hilarious truths you wish your best girlfriends had told you about motherhood.

Where to find it?  On Amazon, of course, or you can ask your local bookstore or library to stock it.  Thanks, readers, for your support!

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“He is only 10, I think. I am almost 11, he thinks. I try to hold him in this middle zone, and he strains against me.”

The End of Toys

Published on Brain, Child Magazine on June 14, 2016

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Published on June 7, 2016