Data released just this month from the Center for Disease Control show that an autistic spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. These numbers haven’t increased from the last report about two years ago but represent a startling increase in prevalence compared to just a few decades earlier. This rise has […]

How often do we wake up in the morning and look in a mirror only to see flaws, such as imperfect skin, bad hair, or weighing too much? After all, how could we expect to love everything we see in the mirror with the constant onslaught of “desirable” individuals in the media who are air […]

Like Lady Liberty holding her torch, the mothers of my childhood raised rolling pins and wooden spoons to be sure their children behaved. As a teenaged mother, I listened to the words of those around me who said “every good child needs a swat now and then.” I was a parent who spanked. It’s painful […]