Motherwell: How to Talk to Our Sons About Guns and Aggression

Published on Motherwell, February 22, 2018

Your Teen: Speak Up, Kid

Part of growing towards independence is finding your voice – here’s how to help kids advocate for themselves.

Helping Our Kids Learn to Speak for Themselves

Published in Your Teen Magazine

New York Times: The More the Merrier, and the Messier

I wanted simple and orderly. Hosting 20 house guests is neither of these.

Happy to share my latest!

Shaker Life: The Simple Things in Life


It’s amazing what the right house can do for a person with disabilities, even (especially!) when those disabilities are profound. It was a joy to meet Sarah and her family and to tell their story.

The Simple Things in Life

Published in Shaker Life, Summer 2017

Your Teen Magazine: Don’t Expect the Worst from Teens, or You Just Might Get It

You know those stereotypes about how rotten teens are?  Skip them. Here’s why:

Don’t Expect the Worst from Teens, or Your Just Might Get It

Published in Your Teen Magazine, July-August 2017

Brightly: Democracy Begins at Home

Do your kids understand our government? (Do you? I admit I have a little reading to do.) Here’s how to make learning about it fun.

Democracy Begins at Home: Books to Teach Kids About Our American Government

Published on Brightly, May 25, 2017


I have a new job!

Readers, I’m thrilled to share that I’ve taken on the position of Print Managing Editor of Your Teen Magazine for Parents.  I love Your Teen’s smart, helpful, down-to-earth writing for parents of tweens and teens, and it’s an honor to be part of getting that writing to you. (Check it out!

Now, for your part.  Please let me know what you want to read about as a parent of 9-19 year olds  – what you worry about, what makes you laugh, what moves your heart, and what you need to know.  Email me anytime at I’d love to hear from you.

p.s. It’s important to me that I continue to write in addition to editing.  So, I promise I’ll still be writing, and I’ll still be sharing those pieces here. Thanks, as always, for reading!