About the writer

I am a mother of two young men, one a teenager and the other a pre-teen. In addition, I practice clinical social work with adolescents full time, as well as teach adjunct part time, to graduate level students studying counseling and social work.

Writing to release feelings and organize my thoughts is something I discovered as helpful when I was in grade school. Thoughts and feelings appear in a certain pattern for me. First, poetically vague. Next, an analogy. Last, a more organize expression of my thoughts and feelings. All three aspects are represented here on my blog.

I share what I would want to know if I was not in my current professional role as a mother and as a human with an inner callings. In addition, I share parenting and co-parenting adventures and struggles.

“Mom” is my favorite role. Real momming, not that “everything is fun” momming, or “oh my gosh they are such buttheads” momming…just a healthy balance within that spectrum.

Poetry guides my thoughts and feelings. Writing has always been a way to organize myself mindfully. Follow more at @poemsonthefly

Navigating dating in my late 30’s, and maintaining a positive and healthy co-parenting relationship with my sons’ father, their fathers’ wife, and their half-sister. It takes hard work and isn’t easy, however, it is worth it and rewarding tenfold. This is me with my children and now fiancé.

What they don’t tell you about kids is how much they will eat. But the more I feed them, the more they talk. I think Maslow would agree 😉

See: chores. And where am I? Inside the car having a relaxing mom moment. No shame in my game!

One of the many mantras that drive me.

Jeans with holes, a swing set, and sunshine. Sometimes remembering your favorite things as a child create empathy for those currently surviving their own childhood. What are the children in your lives’ favorite things?

One of my clients. This was just too funny! I find basic needs essential to a good session. So there’s a couch for a pre-session nap, and a fridge with snacks and water. Building trust starts there with teens.