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How parents can reimagine resolutions in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, many of us are looking to the coming year with fresh eyes and a glimmer of hope for...

Tipping the scales back toward equality

As I watched Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris take the stage in Wilmington, Del., I sipped my wine, jumped a little at the fireworks booming...

How LGBTQ parents can bond with a non-biological child

When Jackson was born, my life changed in an instant. But, unlike the rosy picture that many paint of becoming a parent, I didn’t...

A survival guide to the Terrible Twos

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 the first...

Why parenting and grief go hand in hand

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

3 parenting lessons from the pandemic

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

Learning how to be a teacher overnight

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

Family Forward: Through better or worse, five years later

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

Keeping sane in our new reality

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

Emotional labor and the need for self-care

“We’re making our way into Savasana, our final resting pose.” Craaaaash.  “Take up lots of space, allow the eyes to close. Take these few moments of...

What 2019 taught me

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

10 holiday gifts every parent (secretly) wants

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

Why I’m embracing the #MomFail

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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!

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



LGBTQ-affirming healthcare in the Delaware Valley

The need for LGBTQ-affirming healthcare has always existed, but lately patients and providers have been working to make it more accessible. LGBTQ people have...

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