Articles written by Jen Dean

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 By Jen Dean    Opinion

My summer houseguest aka my college student

When your child leaves for college, there is plenty of advice on how to handle the transition, ranging from gentle comedy to true grief counseling. It is an adjustment period for... — Updated 7/19/2023

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

A life's journey with LEGOS

LEGOS have been a part of my life as a mother for close to two decades. They have been barefoot torture instruments, irritating dust collectors and mostly sanity-saving... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

We need more lovies in the world

My teenage boys will never forgive me for “The Velveteen Rabbit.” They insist they remain emotionally scarred, more than a decade after first hearing it. “But the rabbit... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

'Live, Laugh, Love' like Pooky

We lost my paternal grandfather, Pooky, last month. He would have been 99 in August. He did not die from COVID-19 but was a victim, nonetheless. Pooky was the life of the party who... — Updated 7/29/2020

 By Jen Dean    Opinion

Ten wishes for my son and us all

My baby just turned 10 and, even setting aside my emotional baggage over that, it is a momentous birthday. This milestone involves special traditions in our home, the most... — Updated 9/20/2019


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