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parenting articles by allison gilbert

HuffPost: Prince William – Remembering His Mother on His Wedding Day

Soon after Prince William told the world that he and Kate Middleton were engaged, we also learned that William had given Kate his mother’s sapphire and diamond ring. Of the ring, William said he was just making sure his mother didn’t miss out on the special occasion. “It’s my mother’s engagement ring,” he explained, “so of course it’s very special to me.”

Getting married without your mom is hard….Continue Reading

HuffPost: Geraldine Ferraro: Personal Lessons from Another Parentless Parent

I had the great pleasure of knowing Geraldine Ferraro during the writing of my book “Always Too Soon.” She was exceptionally generous with me, and she never wavered in her enthusiasm for my project. In the most personal way imaginable, her outlook changed my life. This is my tribute to her….Continue Reading

CNN.com Living: Do Schools Share Too Much With Parents?

Are schools creating a new breed of helicopter parent?  Teacher Terri Reh wants parents to monitor their children’s entire educational career online.

“I post all my students’ responsibilities, their current and upcoming assignments, and timelines for every project they have,” says the teacher at Flagstaff Academy in Longmont, Colorado…Continue Reading

HuffPost: Parentless Parents – It’s My Birthday!

Yesterday was my birthday, and here’s what I did:

7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.: Got birthday cuddles from kids. Opened birthday cards. Received small presents. Got kids off to school. Kissed husband. Felt lucky….Continue Reading

HuffPost: Parentless Parents – Why Writing About Grief Makes Me Happy

Several weeks ago my new book, “Parentless Parents,” was published. This is the third book I’ve written that deals with mourning and loss. And while you might assume I’d be the last person you’d want to meet at a cocktail party, I’ve been told otherwise. I smile; I laugh. You might even call me “bubbly.”

Each book I’ve written is the result of successfully pushing through an unwanted and unanticipated experience, and using that experience for something more powerful than anger and self-pity….Continue Reading

HuffPost: Being a Parentless Parent -The Effect on You, Your Children and Your Marriage

Both of my parents have passed away, and little has shaped the way I raise my children or affected the relationship I have with my husband and in-laws more than the fact that my mom and dad aren’t here to be grandparents to my children. I am a parentless parent.

Because women are having babies later and later, the number of parentless parents in America is skyrocketing….Continue Reading

HuffPost: Parentless Parents: The ‘I’ Factor

Outside my family and closest circle of friends, I’ve never told anyone that I stuttered when I was little. Stuttering was a deeply upsetting part of my childhood. It caused me to be made fun of, forced me into speech therapy while other kids went to gym, and completely shaped what I permitted myself to say in the class. Day after day I’d weigh the urge to raise my hand against the crush of embarrassment I knew I’d feel when I spoke…Continue Reading

HuffPost: Parentless Parents -Teaching My Daughter About the Grandfather She Never Knew

I took my eight-year-old daughter to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City yesterday, and I’m still in an awesome mood. The art was great, of course. She enjoyed looking at the Pollock’s, Picasso’s and Warhol’s. But the real takeaway was what she learned about my father, her grandfather, the one grandpa she never met.

My father went to museums as often as other dads might go to football games….Continue Reading

HuffPost: Parentless Parents – Being Thankful on Thanksgiving

One of the most gratifying themes I uncovered researching and writing my forthcoming book “Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children” is just how healing Thanksgiving can be for those of us who have lost our parents.

Healing, you say? Aren’t the holidays just a painful reminder that our moms and dads can’t be with us to celebrate with our children? Continue Reading

HuffPost: What if Your Children Don’t Have Grandparents?

This coming Sunday is Grandparents Day, and while you may be skeptical about the influence grandparents have on grandchildren, let me tell you their impact is enormous and measurable. And it’s because of that that I know my children are missing out on so much.

For years, experts have researched the influence of grandparents on the lives of grandchildren…Continue Reading