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How LGBTQ parents can bond with a non-biological child

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When Jackson was born, my life changed in an instant. But, unlike the rosy picture that many paint of becoming a parent,...

A survival guide to the Terrible Twos

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Nearly two-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a column for PGN about how Ashlee and I were “riding the emotional roller coaster” of...

Why parenting and grief go hand in hand

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I’ve heard it said that the response many of us have had to the pandemic in the last few months is akin...

3 parenting lessons from the pandemic

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When I got the notice that Jackson’s daycare was closing this spring, I posted a cutesy photo of him hanging on our...

Learning how to be a teacher overnight

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Let me start this by saying to all teachers, daycare employees, caregivers and anyone else who devotes their time to molding the...

Family Forward: Through better or worse, five years later

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On April 18, 2015, Ashlee and I exchanged our wedding vows before more than 100 family and friends. We talked about a...

Keeping sane in our new reality

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I had originally written this column as a cutesy ode to all of the affordable ways Ashlee and I have found to...

Emotional labor and the need for self-care

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“We’re making our way into Savasana, our final resting pose.” Craaaaash.  “Take up lots of space,...

What 2019 taught me

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The new year offers time for reflection and, this year in particular, I’ve found myself re-riding the ups and downs of the...

10 holiday gifts every parent (secretly) wants

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We’re just about in the thick of the holiday shopping season, meaning many of us are running ragged looking for the perfect...

Why I’m embracing the #MomFail

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Before I became a parent, I had heard the cheeky hashtag #MomFail thrown around on social media, interpreting it as a sort of self-deprecating...

Learning to live each day with gratitude

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Months ago, I came across a Facebook post a friend shared that was written by a parent who had lost a child. In the...

How do you measure a year?

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At 6:36 p.m. Aug. 7, 2018, Jackson Anthony Colletta burst his way into the world. He was screaming, covered in gook and perfect. While...

What I learned from our first family vacation

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Before Ashlee and I took Jackson on his first family vacation earlier this summer, she shared a bit of advice a friend had mentioned:...

Getting real about babies and social media

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Though we might try to protest it, Ashlee and I technically are in the millennial age group — a population known for its technology...

Let’s face it: Work/life balance is fiction

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About a month ago, I was sitting in stop-and-go traffic on Route 611, wending my way from Montgomery County toward Jackson’s dermatologist appointment in...

Confessions of a guilt-ridden parent

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A few weeks ago, Jackson dipped his toe into the “testing Mommy” waters for the first time. While I was feeding him some concoction...

Sleeping, teething and eating — oh my!

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Jackson is now 7 months old and has hit many of the milestones we were so looking forward to. He (mostly) consistently sleeps through...

Making the house a home

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    When Ashlee and I moved out of our first apartment into our first house three years ago, we were overjoyed that we...

5 New Year’s resolutions from a new parent

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We’re three weeks into a new year, which means many are struggling to fulfill their pledges of eating healthier, working out and being more...

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