Rewired by Motherhood

Rewired by Motherhood

Like so many people, women in particular, I was never very comfortable in my own skin. But my discomfort had less to do with wanting to be a blonde instead of a brunette or wishing for blue eyes instead of hazel. Though I did of course occasionally covet different physical traits than the ones I was born with, it wasn’t…

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Mothering without a Mother

Mothering without a Mother

The day my father died, suddenly, of a heart attack, I wanted to be the one to tell my son, who was six years old at the time, what happened. I sat down on the sofa, took Truman’s hands in mine, and told him his grandfather had died. I explained what that meant—that we wouldn’t see him anymore but would…

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When Unconditional Love Is Conditional

When Unconditional Love Is Conditional

By Eve Hogan I was once working with a group of teenagers discussing “integrity agreements,” which I described as “either spoken or unspoken agreements not to hurt each other.” These integrity agreements are the fabric of our society. This belief, that we won’t harm each other, is what allows us to walk down the street without worrying about getting shot…

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How I Rewired My Approach to Motherhood

How I Rewired My Approach to Motherhood

Little did I know when I was beginning my journey as a mother 13 years ago that I would someday be speaking with Melinda Blau, who collaborated with the late Tracy Hogg on the Baby Whisperer books. When I was introduced to her recently, I recalled just how important those books had been to me when my first child was…

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Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

What’s wrong with teenagers? Why do many of them take dangerous risks? Why do they care more about their friends than their families? And why do they lead lives of such high drama and intense self-expression? According to renowned psychologist and bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., there’s nothing wrong with teenagers. In his new book, Brainstorm: The Power and…

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Lessons in Dancing

Lessons in Dancing

When I was a little girl I wanted more than anything to take horseback riding lessons. Instead, my mother signed me up for ballet. The barre exercises were boring. We never once got to twirl like real ballerinas did, and at recital time we just ran flat-footed and thumping across a stage. But the part of ballet I hated most…

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Yoga for Children With Yogi Beans

Yoga for Children With Yogi Beans

Looking for an activity that will challenge and engage your child in body and mind? Seek out a kids’ yoga class. Although yoga is typically considered an adult practice, kids love it for the same reasons that grownups do, such as relaxation and increased strength and flexibility. I myself didn’t discover yoga until college. It helped me through some challenging…

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