Elisabeth Wilkins

Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

Mean Mom: Why I Won’t Let My Son Get on Facebook

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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In middle school, the rules all seem to change. When my son came home from his first day of 5th grade, I asked him what the biggest difference was from last year. He paused and said, "Well, this year, everyone wants to know who likes who. Sam likes Jessica.  All the boys have a crush on Emmie. And Kayley likes... Read more »

Mom’s Short Fuse: Yelling at My Family Way Too Much

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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Mom confession time: I have lost it and yelled (screamed, really) at my family nearly every day this past week. Each time it happens, my husband and son look at me like I've just turned into Joe Pesci from Goodfellas.  This is satisfying in the moment, I'll admit: "Behold, Mom's wrath!" -- but after that wears off, I'm usually ... Read more »

What Does the Word “Father” Mean to You?

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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How would you define what the word "father" means to you? To me, it's a man who loves his kids enough to let them make mistakes. A father is a guide and teacher, but he also cares enough to say "no" to his child even when he or she might hate him for it in the moment. That's because a father tries to do the... Read more »

Bullying or Criminal Assault? 12-year-old Bailey O’Neill Dies After Being Taken Off Life Support

By Elisabeth Wilkins

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Bullying victim Bailey O'Neill died Sunday, from injuries sustained while being beaten on a school playground in suburban Philadelphia. He suffered a broken nose and a concussion that caused subsequent seizures, which forced doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma in January. Yesterday Bailey was taken off life support. On Saturday, Bailey turned 12. I cannot imagine the... Read more »

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