Julia Germeyer

Julia is a lifelong writer and lover of good wine and carbs. She lives in the South Hills with her family: a husband, three kids, and two cats. She owns a marketing communications consulting firm and was also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. Julia has an MBA from Point Park University and a Bachelor's degree from Pitt. She enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling to new places, Wheel of Fortune, and sleep. If she had a superpower, it would be to fly: traffic jams would be a thing of the past.

Becoming More Resilient Parents During Coronavirus

Here in Pittsburgh, we’ve become accustomed to coronavirus quarantine since mid-March. Since all that upheaval two months ago, things have sort of leveled off. We’re even starting to see some restrictions eased a bit as...

Gratitude and Hope In the Era of Coronavirus

I don’t know about you, but in the past five weeks or so my anxiety has been running pretty high. Between all the unknowns, the rising infection and death tolls, the kids being home...

Would You Trust Your Kids With a Male Caregiver?

The other evening, our 17-year-old son asked for a job application from our local gym. The employee, a female, told him that they are hiring for the children’s room, but he wouldn’t be able...

To Pierce Or Not To Pierce (The Baby’s Ears): That Is The Question

I got my ears pierced two or three times as a child and adolescent before I finally had a successful piercing that allowed me to keep my earrings in. Two times I went to...

On Aging

To that new gray hair, I see you there Replacing the brown in plain view. You’re not misplaced, but I must say I’m not at all thrilled to see you. You see, I’m not quite 35 So I thought...

The Flip Phone … Or, Why We Took Away Our Teen’s Cell Phone

Parents of teens, I have a question for you: how many times have you said you wish you could take away your kid's stupid cell phone? This statement usually comes after your son or...

When Did Easter Become Second Christmas?

Easter is right around the corner, and so are egg hunts, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and Easter baskets. It’s a fun way for kids to welcome springtime, and for parents? Well, for some...

Bad Parenting Advice

Has anyone ever given you questionable parenting advice? Hands up, because I know I’m not alone! Although there are a million different ways to raise kids, sometimes you just have to shake your head...

Helping Your Picky Eater Enjoy Holiday Meals

The holidays are some of the busiest times of year for most families. The routine changes and excitement are enough to throw off most young children and throw in big family gatherings … you’ve...

Talking to Your Teen About Consent and Sexual Assault

We’ve been having the sex talk in one form or another with our teenage son for at least three years now. It’s always uncomfortable and there are times when we sound like a broken...