Sharon's Published Work, Your Teen Magazine

2020 Flu Shots: Our Interview with CDC Director Robert Redfield

Yesterday, my youngest and I got our flu shots. It’s our yearly routine to do this at Target, because Target gives each of us a $5 gift certificate, and some free money to spend immediately takes the sting out of a shot for most kids. (My elder two were a little put out that they got theirs at their well checks and missed the annual shot-and-spend tradition).

The good news is that the pharmacist said that far more people are coming in for their flu shots this year. Actually, that’s great news–as you’ll see when you read what Dr. Redfield told me during our recent interview. Even young people need flu shots, as Dr. Redfield too well knows from his family’s own influenza tragedy.

Published in Your Teen magazine, September/October 2020

Sharon's Published Work, Your Teen Magazine

I Have No Idea What’s Happening: 4 Ways I’m Parenting in Uncertainty

Maybe it should be, but this is not an article about school. I definitely have no idea what to do about that. It’s about parenting when you can’t come up with the kind of knowledge and certainty that is, well, so quintessentially parental. And yet, we parent anyway, don’t we?

I Have No Idea What’s Happening: 4 Ways I’m Parenting in Uncertainty

Published in Your Teen, July 2020

Real Simple, Sharon's Published Work

Real Simple: Intuitive Eating Is a Happier and Healthier Way to Eat—Here’s How to Begin

intuitive-eating-0120heaI’m so happy to share my latest, a feature article about intuitive eating for the January 2020 issue of Real Simple. My interest in intuitive eating began with both skepticism and curiosity (a personal story I may write about in the future) and transitioned into a reported article that took (off and on) most of 2019 to write and rewrite. It’s a complex topic that was hard to distill into one article, but I’m proud of how it turned out. Hope you enjoy it!

Intuitive Eating Is a Happier and Healthier Way to Eat—Here’s How to Begin

Published in Real Simple magazine, January 2020 issue

 

Thoughts

Medium: 18 Things Your Editor Wants You to Know

As a new writer, I made a lot of mistakes, and I was so grateful to anyone who shared their bits of wisdom and experience with me. Now, as an editor, I jot down my own scraps of advice, too. For over a year, I kept a Word document on my computer and would pop over to make a note whenever I had something to say. Here’s what I collected.

18 Things Your Editor Wants You to Know

Sharon's Published Work, Washington Post

Washington Post: 10 Moms Define Motherhood

I’m thrilled to be selected as one of the 10 moms gamely attempting to define motherhood in the Washington Post today:

“She is a mother. She is vulnerable (just hurt her child, and you’ll see) and she is strong (just hurt her child, and you’ll see). She has been elevated (she is Mom) and she has been demeaned (she is just a mom). She is full (loving a child so completely will do that to you) and she is empty (loving a child so completely will do that to you). Who says she can’t have it all? She has everything.”

Defining Motherhood

Published in the Washington Post, May 9, 2019

Sharon's Published Work, Your Teen Magazine

Your Teen: Life Skills for Teenagers

I’m a huge believer in raising kids to be confident and capable, and that means taking every opportunity to share new skills with them. This one’s a little one – and maybe an old-fashioned one – but I’m not ready to let it go.

Life Skills for Teenagers: How Do I Mail a Letter?

Published in Your Teen, May/June 2019

Sharon's Published Work, Washington Post

Washington Post: Dads Are Happier Than Moms

If we follow one another on Twitter, you may have felt me bristling just a little bit last Thursday. There was news about parent happiness – and I wasn’t a fan of the scientists’ suggestion. So I called the lead researcher up, and here’s what I found.

Dads are happier than moms. Science wants to know why, and so do I.

Published on Washington Post, February 6, 2019