Ever since I was a little girl and my Dad told me colorful tales at bedtime, I’ve always loved stories. As I got older, I found people’s real-life stories fascinating, and I was drawn to writing. I started writing in high school, studied it in college, and landed some exciting jobs in print and broadcast journalism after graduation. Lifestyle topics and human interest stories — like the ones you’ll find here — were always my favorites. And interviewing people was the greatest part of my job. I got to find out what makes people tick and then play storyteller as I shared their intriguing tales.
When the eternal student in me yearned to go back to school, my favorite college professor encouraged me to go into Social Work. My interest in people made it a natural fit, and the stories in the field of social work are incredible. I received my Master’s of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University and focused my training on clinical mental health practice. For fifteen years, I worked as a psychotherapist, specializing in child, adolescent and family therapy. It was intense and challenging but an incredible experience.
As rewarding as social work is, nothing can compare to becoming a Mommy! After I had my son Jack, I realized it was time to reinvent my career. I wanted to stay at home with him to witness all his special “firsts,” so I returned to my roots as a writer. I started to freelance, began work on my children’s book, and conceived and birthed this blog! After spending so many years working with children and parenting issues, it’s been interesting to now see many scenarios play out in my own home. What Lara Wrote is my place to share my parenting experiences from both a personal and professional perspective. Just call me “Mommy, MSW!”
This site is a collection of stories about what makes life interesting: The beauty (and beastly) of parenthood. Interviews with amazing people. And lifestyle articles about everything from party planning to organic food. There’s a story here for everyone.
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DISCLAIMER: Although I am a licensed therapist, advice on this site is given in a general sense and should not be considered a substitute for individual treatment. Anyone needing parenting or mental health services should personally consult with a licensed clinician for an individualized assessment.