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.

Dear 2020: You Were Off to a Great Start, Then…

Dear 2020, You should know that I’m not really a fan. I don’t think I’ll ever say “let me tell you about my favorite year…” and then jump into a humorous or heartwarming story about...

To Regift or Not?

Gift-giving holidays are right around the corner and with them comes the age-old question "Is it OK to regift?" Even etiquette experts say "yes" when you do so carefully. You may be tempted to regift...
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Learning from Experience: The Magic of the Second Pancake

We still attend Parent/Teacher Conferences even though our kids are in high school and do well academically and ask us not to go. Last spring, we were talking to one of our younger son’s teachers...
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Another Thursday: Thoughts from a College Mom

Today is Thursday. It is the twelfth Thursday since I became the mom of a college student. Twelve Thursdays ago, we moved our older son into the dorm and then headed home. Honestly, it was a...
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Talking to Your Son about Puberty

TV comedies are full of references to "The Talk," an uncomfortable, one-time discussion about the “birds and bees.” Maybe that’s even how you learned the facts of life.  I remember my mom giving me...
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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...