Review: How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

In June while driving into San Francisco I got caught in a huge traffic jam. I fiddled with the radio, finally getting a signal for KQED and began listening to an interview and call in session with Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford dean of freshman and author of How to Raise and Adult, Break free of … Read more

Book Review: Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

front cover of Punished by Rewards, book review at LisaNalbone.com

This book makes me want to get on a soapbox and shout: read this! I want us to take a look at how we use praise, rewards, power, control and coercion, even inadvertently, on a daily basis.  I want us to have the courage to take steps to make changes that will truly help our … Read more

Parenting Tips from Jack Andraka’s Mom, Jane: Showing up and Keeping it Real

  Jane Andraka is warm, funny, and down-to-earth mom, who happens to be, according to Forbes magazine, “a genius at raising brilliant kids.” Her sons Luke and Jack have been taking the science and engineering world by storm, while still in their teens. Her younger son Jack developed a break-through, simple test for pancreatic cancer … Read more

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Wedding Vow Preparation and Reflection at the Beach: 25 Years Later at www.LlisaNalbone.com

My 25th  wedding anniversary is in two days. Summer solstice time.   Time to reflect. I read my vows and get teary. They are so great. Sweet. Naive. We spent so many hours at the beach, sifting through beautiful, smooth stones as we discussed, chewed on, wrangled, and negotiated over what we wanted to say, … Read more

Ode to an Unsung Hero

Happy Father's Day, a fthers day tribute at www.lisanalbone.com

This post was written when I saw the Unschooling Blog Carnival’s June Theme Celebrating Fatherhood. I realized I don’t express my appreciation enough and decided I wanted to chime in.  I get lot of strokes for being Dale’s unschooling mom . But really,  I couldn’t have done it without Pierre. Dad went to work while … Read more