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December 23, 2019

I’m a 30-something year old woman, without children. I’ve chosen to live away from family and have spent many years juggling family and personal expectations during the holidays. Over time, I’ve learned that expectations are complex and the key to a peaceful season is to practice...

September 10, 2019

Talking about life without kids is an often uncomfortable conversation.  In this segment of KATU’s Afternoon Live, author Kate Kaufmann and I define the terms childfree and childless. We touch on the importance of engaging in conversations about the experience of not having...

February 26, 2019

Self-compassion is the practice of turning toward yourself in difficult times and offering yourself the same gentle kindness you would offer a dear friend.  Many people confuse self-compassion with self-pity or self-esteem. In this segment of Afternoon Live, I talk about what sel...

October 9, 2018

Self-care is a buzz word these days. Most people think of a manicure or glass of wine as the go-to self-care. In this segment of Afternoon Live, I talk about a different way to think about self-care.  Below you’ll find some some questions you can ask yourself to get in touch with...

May 8, 2018

Mother-Daughter relationships can be one of the most complicated and one of the most deeply rewarding relationships a woman can experience in her life. With decades of life and shared experiences, mothers and daughters often confront challenging circumstances surrounding individu...

March 21, 2018

The path to being a Childfree Woman is not always direct.  If you're in the process of deciding to have children or not, you can experience a sense of "outsiderness" from your friends and family.  It can be difficult to find a safe place to explore your personal journey toward or...

March 19, 2018

Each woman has a different story about her decision to have children or not.  For some, the decision was made for her due to physical circumstances; but for those that have the experience of making an intentional choice, the process can be emotionally, psychologically, and interp...

January 31, 2017

Last weekend the Women’s March took place in cities around the world.  People of all cultures gathered in an effort to bring discussions about discrimination to the forefront.  I am writing to shed light on an often subtle form of discrimination that continues to take place in so...

January 5, 2017

With the start of a New Year we often find ourselves making lists of resolutions, goals, and commitments to improve and change ourselves.  Be healthier: lose ten pounds; go to the gym three times a week; eat more vegetables.  Be kinder to others: have more patience with my childr...

November 24, 2016

a stressful situation

You may be aware that food allergies and intolerances are becoming more and more common.  Living with a child who suffers from food allergies can result in incredible stress.  A recent article in Allergic Living, reminded readers of the 2010 study at Nor...

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