Sharon's Published Work

Preservation: Gas Stations Revisited

I'm thrilled to share my latest article and my first for Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. They do wonderful work preserving historically and culturally important places in the United States, and I'm so happy to be a small part of this mission. It was also a blast to research this… Continue reading Preservation: Gas Stations Revisited

Cleveland Magazine, Sharon's Published Work

Cleveland Magazine: How Revisiting Family Heirlooms Brings about New Meaning

I'm a bit late (OK, a lot late) in sharing my latest essay for Cleveland Magazine. Its real headline (the one you see here) is the one my editor gave it, but I just like to call it "The Oma Pan." It's a story of stuff and memories and clutter and grandmas—I hope you'll take… Continue reading Cleveland Magazine: How Revisiting Family Heirlooms Brings about New Meaning

Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Differently Wired

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Do you receive my newsletter? For new Capable… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Differently Wired

Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Tips for Kids

Q: Can you focus on building an elementary kid’s confidence—in particular ages 6-8? A: This is such a fun, exciting age of possibility—early elementary kids are usually fairly agreeable, and they can do far more for themselves than they could a few years earlier when they were in preschool or kindergarten. (And preschoolers and kindergartners… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Tips for Kids

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Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Young Perfectionist

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: Last night my 3rd grader was getting… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Young Perfectionist

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Capable Kids Q&A

Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Through Action

Welcome to Capable Kids Q&A, where you send me your dilemmas about lovingly nudging your kids towards a thriving can-do spirit, and I pull together the research, expertise, and wisdom out there to bring you encouragement and ideas. (Thank you for sending your great questions; keep them coming.) Q: Hi Sharon! I was having a discussion… Continue reading Capable Kids Q&A: Confidence Through Action

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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