Seven Common Sense Parenting Tips

By Michele Slater This is what I learned along the way. Read to your children as much as possible. Studies show this will lead them to academic success. Order a pizza instead of spending the time at the grocery store and cooking. You can spend that extra time helping...
Random Acts of Christmas Cheer

Random Acts of Christmas Cheer

When we lived in Manhattan, my husband and I used to love shopping on Christmas Eve. The streets were bright with Christmas decorations, the store windows gorgeous tableaux. Everyone was in a good mood, smiling and shouting Merry Christmas at each other. It was like...
Ten Tips to Survive the Holidays

Ten Tips to Survive the Holidays

You don’t have to be Scrooge to hate the holidays. In A Christmas Carol we learn that Ebenezer used to be a nice boy who became bitter through parental neglect and brittle through his emotional dependence on his sister. He was the product of a dysfunctional...

Seven Rules to Surviving an Abusive Boss

Have you ever had so much trouble with a boss that going to work threw you into a panic attack? That's how I felt many years ago in one of my first jobs.  Here is the link to a guest post about mean bosses I wrote for World of Psychology. Here's an...
The Winter Solstice & Hot Chocolate

The Winter Solstice & Hot Chocolate

If you live in Western New York you can really tell today is the shortest day and longest night of the year. The snow is above my knees and up to my dog's belly and it's still coming down.  As long as it's the first day of winter, it feels right to...