To the Mama Feeling Like She Can’t Get it Right

To the Mama Feeling Like She Can’t Get it Right

To the Mama Who Feels Like She Just Can’t Seem to Get it Right, I see you. I put so much time and effort into trying to respond appropriately to the situations life seems to hurl at me like a fastball. Yet, even with all that effort, I continue to find myself sitting...
4 Barriers To Breaking Free

4 Barriers To Breaking Free

Dear Friend, Two things are almost always said within the first 5 minutes of a meeting with a mom whose child is facing criminal charges. The first is β€œThank You.” We feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to sit with someone who understands what we are going...
Same Team πŸ‘ˆ

Same Team πŸ‘ˆ

I’m going to describe a scene to you, and if you’ve ever been to a child’s basketball game, you’ll know right away what I’m talking about. During a youth basketball game, the kids are always very aware of the score, and these little...
At Last. The Truth About Strength πŸ’™

At Last. The Truth About Strength πŸ’™

We all have different interpretations of what it means to be strong during a crisis. But, so often, when we find ourselves in the thick of it, our perception of what we should or shouldn’t reasonably be able to handle can be a little off.Β  When I found out my...
The One Powerful Thing We Often Downplay βš“

The One Powerful Thing We Often Downplay βš“

“Looking back on it now, was there anything I did at the time that you think was either helpful or harmful in getting you through the challenges you faced after your arrest?” That’s the question I asked my child as I prepared to record Episode 6 of...
Affecting One Directly and All Indirectly

Affecting One Directly and All Indirectly

Martin Luther King Jr said, β€œWhatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” Β  One of the valuable lessons I learned from having a child in...
“Don’t Tell Dad”

“Don’t Tell Dad”

Have you ever heard those words? Whether the words came from your child or you, it’s a sure-fire sign that you are headed down the wrong path. I don’t say that in judgment. I say it because I’ve been on that path more times than I care to recall, and...
Exposing Shame

Exposing Shame

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame cannot survive. -Brene Brown How did I let this happen? That was my first thought.Β  What were the signs I missed? Where were my missteps? Although I was far from perfect, I truly...
33 Moms with Something to Say

33 Moms with Something to Say

A few weeks ago, I asked a group of moms this question… What is one piece of advice you would give to a mom who is at the beginning stages of this challenging journey? The answers they gave were so thoughtful, I knew I had to share them with you, so here they...