Author:Colleen

Are YOU Having Fun Yet?

Most people would be jealous of Lisa; beautiful, in great shape, married to her soul mate, and lives in a fabulous home. She has one teenage girl at home and one in college. So why isn’t she happy? Yesterday, in my office, Lisa was telling me about...

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All I Want For Christmas Is ___________.

  Lights are twinkling in our neighborhoods and holiday music is playing everywhere. The holiday season is here. I was reminded of one of my favorite Christmas songs when I was little, “All I want for my Christmas is my two front teeth….” This is very...

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Tis the Season of Blessing or Stressing

Get prepared for the holidays! The shopping malls have been ready since October with decorations of shiny tinsel, red bows, gigantic wreaths, and white lights. In a blink of an eye Thanksgiving will be here and then the busy the season hits. If you are not intentional...

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“You are an Awesome Mom”

“I want you to know I am proud of you and you are an awesome mom.” Wouldn’t it be great if someone told you that every day? How would you feel if you really believed it? “You are an awesome mom!” It feels good doesn’t it? I have listened...

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Battle or Blessing: It’s how you look at it

I remember when I was 8 months pregnant when an acquaintance came up me and said, Is this your first? I said “YES” in a happy voice. With a smirky grin she said “You just wait!!!!!!!!!” And it happened recently. Someone asked me how old my daughter was...

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“You WILL do what I say”

Every mother has said these words or thought these words. “You WILL do what I say!” You ask your daughter to study for a test or clean her room. You think it is a simple request. It should take 30 minutes at the most. She...

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A World of Pie: Getting Past Disappointment

I love pie. All kind of pies: blueberry, chocolate pecan, peach, apple, blueberry and lemon meringue. I could go on and on. I remember Nana my grandmother making lemon meringue pies. She didn’t buy the frozen crust from the grocery store. She would make a...

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What do you want for this school year?

When you think about starting a new school year does your mind recall all the struggles from last year? You think of how grouchy your daughter is in the mornings when you try to wake her up for school? You think of her blowing off her...

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Waves of Blessing

I love the ocean. I enjoy the smell of the ocean, the song of the seagulls and the sound of waves crashing upon the shore. Nothing feeds my soul like the ocean. Last week I took one last trip to the beach before school starts. I...

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‘You Need to Respect Me’

“R*E*S*P*E*C*T   Find out what it means to me.” Sing it Aretha! This is the theme song for moms of teenage daughters. You want your daughter to respect you. Right? Here’s how. You want your daughter to think highly of you. You want her to listen to your words...

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Gratitude: Is How You Look At It

I am sitting in a Starbucks in market square in Pittsburgh. I have done a lot of writing from this Starbucks in the past 3 weeks. It’s raining outside and I am glad to be inside drinking coffee and having this time to write. While...

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Investing Time That Counts

The lazy days of summer are finally here. Well, not quite. Most of us are still catching our breath from the craziness of the last couple of weeks of school. What are you hoping for this summer? I’m sure you and your daughter are expecting different...

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Bringing Down the Wall

I was riding my bike around Rice University’s campus and I saw people looking at a 5 foot wide by about 12 foot tall piece of cement with some graffiti on it. I was curious, so I went to see what it was. It was...

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“You are a Great Mom”

“I want you to know I am proud of you and you are a Great Mom.” Wouldn’t it be great if someone told you that every day? How would you feel if you really believed it? “You are a great mom!” It feels good doesn’t it? I have...

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How Being Thankful Transforms Your Parenting

I remember when my daughter was about three watching her nap in her very pink room. She was sleeping peacefully and looked like an angel. At that moment I was aware of what an amazing gift had been entrusted to me. I felt this overwhelming...

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