Category Archives: Sharon’s Published Work

Brightly: The Best Bookish Birthday Gifts For 5- and 6-Year-Olds

Fun ideas for the birthday kid in your life.  (My nieces will recognize their own birthday gifts on this list!)

The Best Bookish Birthday Gifts For 5- and 6-Year-Olds

Published on Brightly, March 10, 2017

Your Teen Magazine: Why Teens Should Take Charge at the Doctor’s Appointment

Are we parents hovering too much at the doctor’s office?  Research says yes.

Why Teens Should Take Charge at the Doctor’s Appointment

Published in Your Teen Magazine

Your Teen Magazine: Is Technology Killing Creativity?

Spoiler: Not necessarily.  It’s tricky, though – read on.

Is Technology Killing Creativity?

Published in the January-February 2017 issue of Your Teen Magazine.

Brightly: 14 Classic Children’s Books for 3- to 5-Year-Olds

Going to the library (or bookstore!) this weekend?  Grab these.

14 Classic Children’s Books for 3- to 5-Year-Olds

Published on Brightly October 28, 2016

Washington Post: Parents Need To Prepare For School Lockdowns, Too

In the event of the worst (or even a false alarm), do you know what’s expected of you as a parent?

Parents Need To Prepare For School Lockdowns, Too

Published in Washington Post on September 13, 2016

Brightly: 15 Years Later – Books To Help You Talk To Your Kids About 9/11

My apologies, readers, for failing to post this when it was published – before September 11, of course. Unfortunately, though, terrorism is still with us, and the moment to talk is not lost.

15 Years Later – Books To Help You Talk To Your Kids About 9/11

Published on Brightly, August 30, 2016

New Book! So Glad They Told Me


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!