Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

Don’t let Mother’s Day be the only time you take care of yourself. Mother’s Day was awesome. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast. I asked my husband for help when I got tired. I took an hour to myself to read a trashy novel. I scheduled a massage. I went to … Continue reading Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

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Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother enjoys random praise from an unlikely source. I was at Wegman’s putting my groceries onto the conveyor belt in the check-out line the other day. My belly was ridiculously huge and it took me a while to maneuver myself around the cart to get everything where it belonged. Meanwhile, my 2-year-old son was … Continue reading Good Job!: Ashburn Patch Article

Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Ashburn offers several great options to help overcome children's stress after a move. I've read that one of the reasons 2-year-olds are so ornery is that they are trying to understand how the world works. They insist on having the same plate everyday because it brings a sense of balance into their developing worlds. (And, … Continue reading Stability Helps with Moving Woes: Ashburn Patch Article

Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

A mother comes up with ways to cope when life’s joys spit on her all at once. I think the universe has piled just a little too much crap on top of me, and I came close to snapping today. I dislike woe-is-me, I’m-so-busy tales, but here’s mine as an explanation. This morning I woke … Continue reading Just Keep Swimming, Swimming, Swimming: Ashburn Patch Article

Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Should parents abandon their own common sense in the hope their kids will be “normal?" We have a bit of information overload when it comes to parenting. From email updates to online communities to family and friends to support groups, everyone has something to say about how you raise your kids. And, usually, the advice … Continue reading Parenting Information Overload: Ashburn Patch Article

Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

What do you do when someone else's kid is misbehaving? My friend, Vickie, will no longer take her son to a certain park in Ashburn. It's not because of broken equipment, shoddy upkeep or those dang teenagers. She is afraid of a 5-year-old who lives in the house nearby. Every time she brings her son … Continue reading Collapse of the Village: Ashburn Patch Article

At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article

The launch of NASA’s last space shuttle encourages a mom to find more screen-free activities. NASA launched its final space shuttle, Atlantis, into space on Friday. It’s the end of an era. No more American-led space trips, at least for now. Space exploration is a fossilized notion. And, worst of all, I will never be … Continue reading At the End of the Space Era, Do Kids Need More Adventure?: Ashburn Patch Article

Between Work and Life, There Is No Balance: Ashburn Patch Article

A working mother struggles to devote enough time to her family and career. “Work-life balance” has become a catch phrase that sells millions of dollars worth of books, seminars and even therapy. We are trying to figure out how to get it all done. I’m taking six months of maternity leave with my son when … Continue reading Between Work and Life, There Is No Balance: Ashburn Patch Article

Six Reasons Carrying My Second Baby Rocks: Ashburn Patch Article

Confidence and local resources give a pregnant mother peace of mind. Pregnancy is a difficult, glorious time of life. I'm pregnant with my second child and thought I knew what I was in for this time around. But, there are unexpected joys that come with doing it again. You don't have to listen to anyone's … Continue reading Six Reasons Carrying My Second Baby Rocks: Ashburn Patch Article

Lighten Up: Ashburn Patch Article

The serious artist remembers life should be fun. My cousin, Sirena Riley, is a jazz artist. She sings in smoky jazz clubs in London and has a CD circulating the jazz circles of Europe. Critics have lauded her as an up and coming singer with a sunburnt voice and poetic, often confrontational, lyrics. She's a … Continue reading Lighten Up: Ashburn Patch Article