How My Grandmother’s War Bride Story Inspired My Own Intercultural Marriage

Almost ten years have passed since I made the choice to leave America to marry and start a new life. My grandmother paved the way for me when she too, migrated for love from England to America some 60 years earlier. In my new piece for The Parent Voice, Magazine, I consider the hidden but … More How My Grandmother’s War Bride Story Inspired My Own Intercultural Marriage

When an American Mom Joins an Italian School Lunch Committee on The Parent Voice

  The Italian cultural preoccupation with food has the power to both inspire the world’s best chefs and to cause the rest of us non-Italians to chuckle at what often appears to be an uncompromising obsession. In my latest piece for The Parent Voice, I’d like to share with you my experience as an American … More When an American Mom Joins an Italian School Lunch Committee on The Parent Voice

The Italian Elections: When Leaders Promote Upside Down Gender Stereotypes

Waking up yesterday morning to learn that the populist Five Star Movement and the right wing, eurosceptic, anti-immigrant League earned the majority of votes in the Italian national elections reminded me of that depressing day in November of 2016 when the US cast their votes similarly for an anti-establishment, anti-immigrant, racist, sexist candidate. During a … More The Italian Elections: When Leaders Promote Upside Down Gender Stereotypes

Parenting in Another Culture on The Parent Voice, Magazine

Parenting is hard enough in any culture. Parenting in another culture can cause us to second-guess many of our own culturally influenced parenting instincts. I’m excited to share the link to my new essay about my own experience with this issue as and American raising two daughters in Italy. Here is my essay recently published … More Parenting in Another Culture on The Parent Voice, Magazine

Mindfulness & Stress Reduction: A Course for Teens in Rome beginning November 15, 2017

Wednesdays 17:30 to 19:00 November 15 & 29; December 6 &13, 2017 Location: via di Santa Prisca, Aventino, Rome Cost: €120 This four part course addresses common social, academic, and family stressors, and provides a solid foundation in basic mindfulness and cognitive/emotional skills for stress reduction. It is most approriate for those between the ages of … More Mindfulness & Stress Reduction: A Course for Teens in Rome beginning November 15, 2017

Last week wrapped up my last parenting seminar for this academic year. Thanks to all who participated. I hope we are left with new ways of thinking about ourselves in our parenting relationships and that we can all benefit from new skills to be practiced. As we watch our own kids transition from hectic school schedules … More