Dear Sister of the Heart, I am just back from a wonderful workshop weekend with 40 mothers and their preteen daughters. On Friday night of the weekend, Eliza and I told the old Russian fairytale, Vasalisa the Wise: The Girl With the Doll in Her Pocket. We tell this initiation story at our workshop weekends […]Read More
What we mamas can learn from Maria von Trapp about emotional mastery
Dear Sister of the Heart, Remember that scene in The Sound of Music, when Maria is having her first dinner with the von Trapp family? She arrives late, of course, and promptly sits on a pinecone (placed by the devious children who want her gone) and she shouts very loudly. Captain von Trapp is alarmed, […]Read More
How’d Your Teenage Clothes Shopping Initiation With Your Mother Go?
Dear Sister of the Heart, Recently, my oldest (since-age-four) friend Anne and I were talking about our formative experiences of clothes shopping with our mothers. It all went well enough for me until my teen years. That’s when my mother and I started to have pretty intense conflict over budget and style. My mother could […]Read More