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New York Times, Sharon's Published Work

Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health

Allowing kids to try to meet (and master) real-life challenges helps them build a healthy, protective sense of self-efficacy. Happy to share my latest for the New York Times. Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health Published online February 11, 2021, and in print on February 14, 2021.

Sharon's Published Work, Washington Post

How to Raise Capable Kids Without Feeling Like a Jerk

If you haven't heard about Bean Dad, lucky you, I think? (I'll explain. And briefly, I promise.) But, really, it is possible to be kind and to raise capable, independent kids. Here's my latest for Washington Post. How to Raise Capable Kids Without Feeling Like a Jerk Published in Washington Post, January 5, 2021 (Photo… Continue reading How to Raise Capable Kids Without Feeling Like a Jerk

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… Continue reading 2020 Flu Shots: Our Interview with CDC Director Robert Redfield

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

Real Simple, Sharon's Published Work

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

I'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… Continue reading Intuitive Eating Is a Happier and Healthier Way to Eat—Here’s How to Begin

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… Continue reading Washington Post: 10 Moms Define Motherhood

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… Continue reading Your Teen: Life Skills for Teenagers