Writer, reader, parent of adults. Author of PARENT HACKS and other books + the Parent of Adults newsletter on Substack.

the BLOG


The Calming Power of Now

We’re about 19 months into the COVID era and while many things have improved since this all started, we’re still wrestling with different levels of disruption and unpredictability that can lead to anxiety about the future.

In Episode 247, Christine and I talk about the power of focusing on the immediate runway in front of you and what baby steps you can take to redirect away from constant worry about what might happen in the future.

Fall Delights

LISTEN + SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Podcasts | TuneIn | Soundcloud Well hello, fall! It’s a season that continues to be complicated by COVID but in a different way than last fall, and it also is a season that serves up unique challenges and good things for all of us. In Episode 246, Christine and I talk about the things that are bringing us delight amidst the challenges of the season. For links to resources we’ve mentioned + sponsor information and […]

Empty Nest Report

When you’re in the early parenting weeds, the prospect of your kids eventually moving out seems approximately a million years away. In Episode 245, I provide a look into the enormous juncture of parenting that is the transition to the empty nest.

How to Improve Communication with Kids

Finding the right words to say is one of the ongoing challenges in parenting. In Episode 244, Christine chats with Ned Johnson, co-author of the recently released What Do You Say?: How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home. Ned and Christine talk about communication challenges in the time of the pandemic, empathy pitfalls, the power of no-force, stress tolerance, and more.

Fall Check-In

Seasonal transition is the name of the game right now. In Episode 243, Christine and I talk about what is happening for us in terms of self, family, work, home, and more…all within the context of the pandemic, of course.

College Application First Steps

Summer is winding down, which means that college application stress is winding up. High school seniors and their families face unique challenges this second COVID-touched school year, so I wanted to share my perspective. In Episode 242, I offer an inside look at what it was like to support two very different kids through the college application process (the youngest of whom is days away from starting as a college freshman). Listen now for tips, perspective, and, hopefully, comfort, as you embark on this sometimes-maddening, exciting ride with your almost-flown kid.