Love, Hope, & Coffee

Caffeinated musings on motherhood & life

On Trophies and Other External Rewards

There’s something about car rides that always prompts my kids to share freely what’s on their minds. Driving my youngest daughter to gymnastics one evening, … Read More

Parenting in an Always-On Digital Age

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard about this article by Christie Tate, which appeared last week in the On Parenting section of the … Read More


Much of my writing focuses on my late mother and how close we were. But this week, while talking with my dad on the phone, … Read More

A No-Nonsense Approach to Morning Crankiness

If you feel groggy and irritable first thing in the morning, there’s a scientific reason why. It’s called sleep inertia, which is basically “a … Read More

Little Panic: What I Learned From One Author’s Childhood Anxiety

As a person who has anxiety, I eagerly dived into Amanda Stern’s new book, Little Panic: Dispatches From An Anxious Life. The book recounts Stern’s … Read More

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