What’s Your Name?

Purposeful Parenting Tip: Know who you are so your children will know who they are.

Growing up, I did not like my name. No one had the name “Jennifer”. In fact, I was the only “Jennifer” throughout my entire school career until I became a senior in high school. To add insult to injury, my last name was no picnic either. “Lamendola”. Yeesh! Continue reading

Monkey in the Middle

Purposeful Parenting Tip: Eliminate the Non-essential Tasks and Live Life!

One of my New Year’s promises was to redecorate my home. I said goodbye to the bold hues of red, gold, and green that colored the first floor of my home for nearly seven years and welcomed the more calming and modern colors of beige, blue, and brown. Continue reading

Endings Are Really Beginnings in Disguise

Purposeful Parenting Tip: Embrace all stages of your life.

Recently my daughter turned 13. This was M.O.N.U.M.E.N.T.A.L. for her. While her newly-formed hormones are raging, she is beginning her life as a young woman, full of promise and dreams and hopes. Her attitude is positive. Her goals are clear. Her sense of self is strong. Continue reading

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Purposeful Parenting Tip: Teach your children to be resilient.

Like many others in the Northeast, I am elated that the harsh winter has finally released its tight grip and signs of spring are around the corner. There’s much to look forward to – spring flowers, warmer weather, and of course, longer days. Continue reading

A Different Valentine’s Day

Purposeful Parenting Tip: Love Yourself Unconditionally.

As we approach Valentine’s Day, most everyone’s thoughts are focused on how they are going to best demonstrate the love they have for the people in their lives.

For many, Valentine’s Day is a day of stress over how to choose the perfect gift that proves how much each loves the other. Inevitably, someone is disappointed. You hear it time and time again about how a spouse or partner just didn’t get it right. Continue reading