Beth is mom to a high school sophomore and a first year college student. After fourteen years as a professional writer and editor, she earned graduate degrees in counseling and play therapy. Now she exercises her creativity as a school counselor. Beth loves reading, especially mysteries.
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September Brings Awareness to Suicide Prevention

September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Just reading those words breaks my mama heart. The topic is pretty terrifying, and our first instinct might be to...
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My Advice? Go to Museums

In a turn of events that I find mostly surprising although altogether predictable, I’m the mom of two teenage kids. One of them, in fact, is in his last year of adolescence already.  I...
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Softening the Impact of Adverse Experiences

As mamas, we’d like to protect our babies from every possible adverse experience. Even though we know this is an impossible task—and if we didn’t know it before this year, we certainly know it...
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The Life-Changing Magic of a Do-Over

Maybe you remember the childhood magic of the do-over. This fantastical process allowed you to try again as if the previous incident had never occurred. In my circle of friends, the do-over was widely...
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I Can Do Better

In schools, there is this thing called an “I can…” statement. It’s a learning goal written in terms of what students can do when they have completed the learning unit. It seems to me that...
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Confessions of an Everyday Mom

I have a confession to make. I’m not a very good “special-day” parent. I’m more of an everyday mama. Sort of like the difference between fancy holiday china and school-night plastic plates from Ikea. You’re...
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Helping Kids Stay Motivated During Distance Learning

I’ve been a school counselor for about fifteen years, and in that time I’ve had lots of different experiences. Every one of them has enriched my understanding of the needs of kids and families....

Being a Senior Mom in 2020

There are lots of big feelings in my heart lately. Like most folks, I’m worried and anxious. I’m trying to figure out how to take good care of my family and contribute to my...

Preparing Your Child to be Ready for the Road

Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.  I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and these words on a friend’s page jumped out at me. Yes, I thought....

Beyond Room Parent and School Carnivals: Getting Involved in Your Teen’s School

When my kids were little, it was easy to figure out how to be involved in their learning and school life. Volunteer sign-ups and donation requests pointed me in the right direction. Parent organizations...
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Silence is Golden: My Experiment with Shutting Up

Let me start with a disclaimer. The following is true. If you know me, you may be surprised—astonished really—to learn that there are things I think but don’t say. My defense is that I’ve...
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Navigating Holiday Traditions

I grew up in a Christmas Day family. We waited for Santa, opened gifts, visited grandparents and shared a holiday meal, all on December 25. My husband, on the other hand, was raised in...
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Offering Grace: Simple Gratitude Practices

Sometimes I wonder what my boys will be like as grown-ups. Will they be funny like their dad? Will they find work they love? Will they discover the joys of reading for pleasure? Most of...

Finding My Mom Community

I suspected that I was older than many first-time moms when I became pregnant at 35. My suspicions were confirmed when my OB referred to my situation as Advanced Maternal Age. This condition was...
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I Say Yes: Leaning in to the Last Year at Home

I was standing in the parking lot of the grocery store, talking to a mom friend. I asked her how her college kid was doing. And she started to cry. He was doing well...