Are you a log in your adult child’s road?

September 28, 2016

Susan Bonifant writes in The Washington Post’s ON PARENTING about the following revelation regarding her involvement in her 21 year old daughter’s life: “Now my “helpful” actions were not a comfort but a log to move out of the road.” I’ve always joked that if I were to write a…

NeedAMom in the New York Times

September 17, 2016

I agree with all of the mothers, student and educators interviews in this piece. Part of good parenting is knowing when to let go and knowing that sometimes the most important lessons are the most difficult – and best learned on your own.   The Eternal Struggle of the Empty…

College – A challenge for parents as well as students

August 29, 2016

I’ve sent two sons to college. It was exciting, scary, lonely…and that was just for me! Have questions for NeedAMom about college? Ask ’em here.   There’s a lot of advice out there for parents of college students but this article by Professor David S. Dunn in Psychology Today is…

Zika: The Millennials’ S.T.D.?

August 21, 2016

Please share this important information on Zika with your friends and family The millennial generation needs to take the lead in thinking about what we are going to do if Zika persists in the next few years. This is not some tropical infection that matters only abroad; we should view…

Product size warning – and Giveaway – Vetememes raincoat

August 6, 2016

NeedAMom ordered this fun raincoat and it just arrived. One size definitely doesn’t fit all. BE WARNED. I’m smaller than the woman in this photo. http://www.vetememes.com/product/vetememes The quality is good but it’s HUUUGGGE. I look like I’m wearing a Hefty Lawn and Leaf bag except that fits better. Oh well,…

Comfort food for the soul: watching television with your adult child

May 16, 2016

Like the rest of us, millennials watch television to relax, to be distracted and also for reassurance and a sense of ourselves… …from identifying with The Gilmore Girls, Friends and Broad City… http://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-2016/millennials-tv-viewing-habits.html …to seeing vibrant role models in their 70’s. http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/05/why-millennial-women-need-grace-and-frankie.html?mid=twitter_nymag Maybe like me you watched a lot of…

“Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement.”

May 11, 2016

Here’s an article from the Washington Post “On Parenting” column that discusses the negative aspects of the 24/7 supervision of children. Lessons from ‘The Goonies,’ and from the loss of unsupervised time for kids http:/https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/05/10/lessons-from-the-goonies-and-from-the-loss-of-unsupervised-time-for-kids/ The comment below echoes some other theories I’ve been hearing and reading regarding millennials not…

Alcoholic or Just Young in Brooklyn

May 10, 2016

I just came across this article by Genna Rivieccio in Brooklyn Magazine. It’s a question I get from many of my clients. DO I HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM? There is A LOT of drinking and partying going on around here and it’s easy to slip from social drinking into alcoholism….

A “Get Out of Jail Free” card for daughters and sons

May 8, 2016

Relax, You Probably Call Your Mom Enough from Leah Libresco onFiveThirtyEight It doesn’t take sophisticated statistics to prove that you should call your mom on Mother’s Day this Sunday1, but do mothers get their due the rest of the year? To find out, I commissioned a SurveyMonkey Audience poll to…

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April 11, 2016

Need A Mom wants to give you a FREE session if you’re willing to be filmed for an upcoming story. Your privacy will be respected and protected. Just think – 60 minutes with Need A Mom – to talk, make a meal together, clean your closet, write a letter to…