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The Latest: Art and Hope | “Crap” | Tiny Parties

Hey there, Anyone else have whiplash from this long, strange January? We started with so much hope, a fresh page. Then, worsening COVID numbers (including the illness of one of my loved ones, who has since recovered), violence at the Capitol, impeachment. Last week, I felt an unfamiliar sensation: hope. The week was rightly dominated… Continue reading The Latest: Art and Hope | “Crap” | Tiny Parties

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

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The Latest: Clarity | Comforts | Peppermint Patties

[Following is Sharon's newsletter. To subscribe, sign up here.] Hey there, One evening when my oldest was a toddler and I was pregnant with my second, my oldest got very sick. Scott was working late. Again and again, I changed his sheets. Or did the best I could, anyway, with my pregnant belly leaning like… Continue reading The Latest: Clarity | Comforts | Peppermint Patties

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

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

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… Continue reading Washington Post: Dads Are Happier Than Moms