Is less more?

Recently, the Big Three — GM, Ford and Chrysler — announced they are going to phase out production of sedans and focus their time and resources on trucks, SUVs and crossover vehicles. As someone who drives in Michigan daily, it’s clear that larger vehicles dominate the roads.

As a sedan…


A love letter to women but especially my daughter.

I spent most of my life following a script. I would rarely color outside the lines out of fear of upsetting others. Acceptance and approval were at the forefront of my thoughts and decisions. And then one day, I couldn’t.

I was exhausted and tired by the demands of a…


I was in line at Trader Joe’s, and as usual I thought I only needed two or three things. Without a cart in toe, I was the crazy person holding — or struggling to hold — 10 different items. …


It often gets missed.

When faced with challenges or when questions arise, parents often seek my help. I have over 20 years of experience working with children and families. The assumption is that I likely have solutions or methods to help remedy the problem. …


Regardless of age, the sound of constant bickering, fighting, and arguing is draining.

When I talk to parents, the one piece of advice they seem to receive often is to make sure they spend enough one-on-one time with each of their kids and the reason for the fighting is because…


You’re supposed to have all the answers.

Once we become parents — without realizing it — we unconsciously subscribe to certain falsehoods about what it means to be a parent. For many parents, these common myths come up time and time again.

If we don’t stop to recognize what we’re adhering to, unhealthy patterns begin to show…


It’s surprisingly simple.

A while back, I was listening to author Elise Loehnen interview Dr. Bill Bengston on the Goop podcast. They were discussing the unique ways in which he helps his patients heal. Some would consider his methods unconventional. When Elise asked how he feels when he presents his findings to the…


Do your best to resist the need to fix it.

There is this belief that to be an effective parent you have to fix and solve every problem, and the faster you solve it the better. This leads to immediate reassurance the minute our kids come to us with any type of self-doubt or problem.

Observing my own actions as…


“AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?” MODERN PARENT CONTEST

As a parent the question, “Am I doing this right?” has followed me and tapped on my shoulder more times than I can count. Though the pandemic was wrought with challenges, this question led to a revelatory experience that will inform not just my parenting decisions, but life’s quandaries. …


How the gift of pausing, changed the course of my parenting journey.

How many times do you use sarcasm to express your dissatisfaction? I would guess you usually do this more often than you’d like to admit. …

Albiona M. Rakipi

Writer, 20+ years of experience working with children, founder of kiddosandinsights.com. Top writer in parenting. Subscribe to her newsletter Parenting Skimmed.

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