Author Archive | Dawn Downes

Midlife is What You Make It

Midlife is What You Make It: A GenXer Responds to Oprah.com

Heads up, GenX Fam! In case you missed it, the over 40 crowd should feel miserable. Sad. Angry. Maybe even bitter. Definitely jealous of your Millennial colleagues and resentful of your peers who live seemingly better lives than your own. And pretty much ready to off yourself. Or your partner…if you managed to get one. […]

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Your School Parent-Teacher Group Needs You

Your School Parent-Teacher Group Needs You

You’ve probably heard the cliché “It takes a village…” when it comes to raising children. I would dare to say that many of you have carefully cultivated your village – creating carpools; watching out for your friends’ kids, and even correcting their behavior at events or when they visit your home; cheerleading their efforts; and […]

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Parenting Transitions High School Edition

It Ain’t Easy Being (a) Teen: 7 Tips for a Smooth Transition into High School

I still remember the morning my friend Laura taught me the secret to leaving our weekly toddler playgroup without tears and meltdowns – either by my son or me – when I felt incapable of the seamless transitions Laura and her sweet daughter Lily always seemed to make. With six months more of parenting under […]

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Conquer your fears

Confessions of a Reformed Scaredy-Cat or 5 Lessons I Learned When I Faced My Fear

Last May, with most of my belongings in storage, I loaded my two boys and our 80 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback in the minivan and headed into the next little chapter of our lives – a near-epic road trip meant to fill the gaping expanse of being between homes for three months as we moved from […]

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Oprah Winfrey or How I Learned to Stop Stressing and Parent More Mindfully

Oprah Winfrey or How I Learned to Stop Stressing and Parent More Mindfully

Okay. I admit it. Oprah really has very little to do with how or why I parent with greater intention and use mindfulness practices to reduce the stress in my life and hopefully, with time, in my children’s lives. But, the inspiring speech Oprah gave to the Agnes Scott College Class of 2017 on Saturday, […]

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