The Motherhood Evolution with Suzi Lula – Part 1

Posted on June 26, 2017

“Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brown Taking care of ourselves is such an alien concept to most of us moms—something that all of us are guilty of. We know that we should but we just don’t do it. We know intrinsically how to first take care of our kids, partners, parents, siblings (and everyone and everything else) but fall short on listening to what we need to fuel our own spirits. Our…

Signing on to the Family Mobile Minutes Plan

Posted on June 22, 2017

On Father’s Day, I walked into a restaurant where my parents and my sister and her family were waiting. My 13-year-old niece and 12-year-old nephew had their heads buried in their phones. I squeezed them both from behind, and for a few seconds, they turned around and gave me a hug. Then they turned back toward their phones. I settled in next to my 9-year-old nephew, Dillan, who was sitting in a corner with his head on his arms. My…

Celebrating the Joys of Fatherhood this Father’s Day

Posted on June 16, 2017

Thank you, Holderness Family, for sharing the love of family and parenting with all of us.  Even though most of us moms disagree with the type of fun kids have with their fathers, let’s honestly admit that the silliness, humor and “off limits” things that our kids get to experience with their fathers adds so much joy to our children’s lives. Now that’s worth celebrating, isn’t it? Happy Father’s Day!

The Mother of All Parenting Epidemics – the Preoccupied Mind

Posted on June 14, 2017

Originally posted on Huffington Post. School pickups and drop-offs. Grocery shopping and healthy meal planning. Science projects, essays, and reading assignments. Sports, dance, martial arts, tutoring. Team parenting responsibilities, volunteer commitments. and play dates. That’s a short list of what’s on many parents’ agendas. Yes, the demands of parenting are endless, but our need to fill them all is nothing to boast about. Splattered over the internet are articles from trusted resources about alarming “epidemics”: the epidemic of stressed parents…

Ground this child or buy her ice-cream?

Posted on June 3, 2017

Last week, a friend sent me a link to a Twitter post by a father and author from the UK by the name of Mason Cross. In his post, he shared his 11-year- old daughter’s handwritten student feedback. This is what it said.     His post got a cumulative 164,786 retweets, and 532,526 likes on social media, so his question on what his response to his daughter’s comment—“Not sure if I should ground her or buy her an ice…