Ava, This One’s For You

By Emily Cappo for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Moments after we arrived at our temporary apartment at Christopher’s Haven, a little girl with a blonde bob poked her head out of the door to see who was moving in. Seconds later, she

To My Future Teens

To My Girls as Teens, I’m probably the last person you want to take advice from on being a teen.  After all, I am your mom and so old.  But old though I may be, I was once a teen.  I have lived through it.  I

Modeling Acceptance

I write young adult novels, and in the writing community, there is an ongoing discussion about needing more diversity in the books that are published for children. A lot of these discussions have informed more than just my writing. Kids are open and accepting

Planting Seeds

By Kate Abbott for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I had the Zoloft. I needed to take it. But I was still standing in my kitchen the day after seeing my nurse practitioner, holding a pill so small I could barely feel it