Spare Change


“How old are you mommy?” My four-year-old asks when I’m driving, answering my cellphone or otherwise concentrating on something besides her. It’s an attention getting question, but the truth is the number forty fascinates her. Now that she can count to thirty (excluding the numbers eleven, sixteen and twenty-one–who needs twenty-one anyway), FORTY is staggeringly high. I don’t have time to think about my age, not with a four-year-old around. Nor do… Read More

Trolling around my News Feed on Facebook I read this tidbit of wisdom: Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up. It’s true, isn’t it? We stress about giving our kids too much structure or not enough. We wonder…are we’re fostering our child’s latent talents, emotional intelligence and independence? If there’s one thing I’ve learned from raising kids in five different countries, (including my own), it’s… Read More