Turning the Witching Hour into the Golden Hour: How I Transformed the Toughest Hour of the Day

When my kids were newborns and toddlers and I would complain to my mom about the crankiness and tantrums that always seemed to occur in the late afternoon, she would say, “yep, that’s called the Witching Hour.” I didn’t care what it was called, it was awful.  The so-called Witching Hour has continued into Elementary… Read More Turning the Witching Hour into the Golden Hour: How I Transformed the Toughest Hour of the Day

The One Phrase That Changed My Outlook on Life

Recently I’ve been reading a lot about the science of happiness and while it’s all pretty interesting stuff, nothing really spoke to me.  For example, many experts preach mindfulness.  Let me tell you, I’ve tried to be mindful; I really have.  But whenever I try, it goes something like this:   Ok, Jess, think about… Read More The One Phrase That Changed My Outlook on Life

“Why Are You Still Single?” And Other Questions Not To Ask A Divorced Mom.

“Why are you still single?” “Have you tried online dating?” “You should get yourself out there; hasn’t it been long enough?” “Don’t you want someone to be with on your kid-free nights?” “Do you think you’re being too picky?” I have been asked all of these questions by well-intentioned friends but whenever I respond, I… Read More “Why Are You Still Single?” And Other Questions Not To Ask A Divorced Mom.

Making a Difference In A Child’s Life: How You Can Help

When my kids went back to school and they needed backpacks, pencils, and folders, I went out and bought them.  When my kids need help with their homework, or an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on, I’m there for them.  These are things we sometimes take for granted; however, not all children have that… Read More Making a Difference In A Child’s Life: How You Can Help