Author: Sharlene

Growing Pains: Our Very Own Sitcom

My obsession with 80’s comedies lives on. I admit to watching a lot of television growing up and as an adult I appreciate the value of ‘wrapping up’ life’s problems in thirty minutes with commercials. Growing Pains was a fan favorite and I freely admit to wishing our parenting problems could be so easily resolved with canned laughter. As

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Our Words Become Their Inner Voice

A friend of mine recently posted this article, 64 Positive Things to Say to Your Child.  The article is pretty good.  It may not be earth-shattering or even “new news”, but as a flawed and imperfect parent, the reminder is helpful.  Yet, what brought me to pause was the tagline beneath her post: “Because our

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Runaway and Homeless Youth

Last night I took my kids to a vigil in honor of runaway and homeless youth at a local partner agency, Women and Families Center.  “Often called Connecticut’s ‘invisible’ population (Director of Prevention and Intervention Services, Carissa Conway), data shows that while runaway and homeless youth are present in Connecticut, they are rarely seen or recognized.” 

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“I Cannot Say Okay Mommy”

Bedtime has come and gone.  Songs have been sung.  Pillows have been fluffed.  Blankets have been tucked in.  Kisses have been placed on foreheads.  The dog has received his last head pat.  Off to dreamland we go. Only we forgot something. “Mommy, what will Monday bring?” Our dear Sage needs to have a sense of “what’s

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Riding through the Rough Patches

We’re going through a couple of rough patches with both kids.  They’re both having a tough time adjusting to their new grade levels.  Our daughter’s behavioral outbursts are escalating.  She’s spent a lot of time with substitutes and we just learned that today her teacher will be switched due to another teacher’s very untimely transfer

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