It's OK that some people aren't drawn to a passion

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Remembering first love (Shutterstock)

What did you learn from your first love?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Malcolm competing to break open the pinata at his 10th birthday party.

Is a competitive nature learned or innate?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler

I dropped my best friend's flute ...

BY HEATHER SKYLER

What do you remember from English class, and what still matters?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Malcolm and Lux Skyler at a pumpkin patch in Wisconsin (Photo by Heather Skyler)

Patience, other qualities I lack as a parent

BY HEATHER SKYLER

Are food preferences developed in the womb?

HEATHER SKYLER

Skyler: YouTube, overparenting and the ubiquity of the whiz kid

BY HEATHER SKYLER

Skyler: Strong female role models make future seem brighter

BY HEATHER SKYLER

Skyler: It's tough to talk about money

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 My little sister, Jennifer, and me when we lived in Las Vegas.

Skyler: Are those who wander eventually lost?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 One of my (forced) traditional birthday hikes with the family. From left: Lux, me, Malcolm and John

Skyler: Traditions can bind a family together

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Malcolm Skyler at age 9, the morning after a Halloween party.

Skyler: Halloween can provide fun and freedom

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler, OC Family editor

Skyler: Saying yes despite the no inside my head

BY HEATHER SKYLER
This summer, John cut off the ends of the table, stained it darker and raised it up high. We call it the Starbucks table now.

Skyler: My family's table

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 In New York this summer with my closest and oldest friend, my sister Jennifer Stillman

Skyler: Have I hit friendship capacity?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler

Skyler: Pain can be lonely; we can only try to empathize

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler, editor of OC Family

Please, get up!

BY HEATHER SKYLER
From left: John Skyler, Lux Skyler, Charlotte Stillman, Heather Skyler, Jennifer Stillman, Levi Stillman (on lap), Malcolm Skyler, Andrew Stillman

We can't camp on an island all the time. What's a cure for the busyness epidemic?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Lux Skyler, center, plays a bratty French debutante in “Tales of the Windship” during a backyard performance by the Young Actors Theater Workshop. She is flanked by Madeline Jones, left, and Camille Romero.

Skyler: Are passions forced or found?

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Eileen, left, and Paco take a walk at Belmont Shore.

Skyler: The joy of having a dog and the sadness of losing one

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Family selfie the last day on the island, which had no running water or electricity. Clockwise from left, Andrew Stillman, Levi Stillman, Malcolm Skyler, Heather Skyler, Jennifer Stillman, Charlotte Stillman, Lux Skyler and John Skyler, in front

Skyler: Forced family bonding has a silver lining

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Lux in the moving van, somewhere in New Mexico

Skyler: Moving can take a toll on kids

Pixar's "Inside Out" sparks some memories about our own cross-country trek
BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler, Editor of OC Family Magazine

Obama's song strikes just the right note

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler, OC Family editor

Coming-of-age ceremonies aren't just for boys

BY HEATHER SKYLER
 Malcolm Skyler ponders his graduation from eighth grade.

Coming of age should be something to celebrate

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Josh Stern, from left, and friends Scott Koche, Katie Reese, Jason Thompson, Erin Chick and Ben Roman enjoy time together at Disneyland.

Disneyland isn't just for kids, adults love it too?

I loved Disney as a child but many adults still seem to experience something special by visiting the parks.
BY HEATHER SKYLER

The highs and lows of being a working mother

BY HEATHER SKYLER
That's me around 1968 with my mom, Juliet Roberts, in Las Vegas.

Skyler: Thanks for the huge hippocampus, Mom

BY HEATHER SKYLER
Heather Skyler

Parents, foster the success of dealing with failure

HEATHER SKYLER
Lux sporting her new “Breakfast Club” tank top.

The restorative nature of teen angst

HEATHER SKYLER
Malcolm Skyler during a snowy, smiling moment with his sister, Lux, in Madison, Wis.

Riding the roller coaster of a child's emotions

HEATHER SKYLER
That's me at center, cherishing a visit with my mom, Juliet Roberts, left, and sister Jennifer Stillman.

Detours in life bring joy

HEATHER SKYLER