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Maria’s Musings & Advice: Online Harassment

By on Jan 19, 2017 in Advice, Moms | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I’m wondering if you have suggestions for helping your teenager handle online harassment from peers. My high school-aged kid has a former friend who regularly posts things about her on various social media sites. Sometimes it’s direct, using my teen’s name, making negative comments about her, and encouraging others to...

Maria’s Musings & Advice: Mean Teens Online; True Beauty

By on Jul 7, 2016 in Advice, Moms | 2 comments

Dear Maria, I’m wondering if you have suggestions for helping your teenager handle online harassment from peers. My high school-aged kid has a former friend who regularly posts things about her on various social media sites. Sometimes it’s direct, using my teen’s name, making negative comments about her, and...

In Defense of Wearing an R2D2 dress to Homecoming

By on Oct 12, 2015 in Maria's Blog | 0 comments

My daughter texted me from her homecoming shopping expedition at the mall: “It’s hard not to buy all the Star Wars stuff,” she wrote. “I bet,” I replied. “How about a Leia dress?” I asked, with a wink. “Right, mom.” I could hear her sigh. Later that day, I spotted the R2D2 dress...

The Unspoken Thoughts of Mothers

By on May 6, 2010 in Maria's Blog | 0 comments

Last week, I took a highly random survey of moms on Facebook. I asked each mom to tell me one thing she wishes she could tell her family, but chooses not to share. Scripture says Mary held many things about Jesus in her heart. I wanted moms to tell me: “What do you hold in yours?” Read their thoughtful and funny responses in my...

Please stop me

By on Jul 17, 2009 in Moms | 4 comments

Since last Saturday, I’ve told all who will listen:  “If I ever tell you I want to hold a garage sale again, please slap me.”  Many have commiserated with me, saying garage sales are lots of hot work and long hours for very little monetary return.  Others mentioned how they hated seeing people pick through their...