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We Aren’t Supposed to Talk About This

A fellow blogger recently posted a meme: “Whatever you’re most scared to write about…write that.” I saw that and thought, wow, how appropriate: It reinforced I should proceed with what I had been thinking about writing about for such a long time, but delayed because the topic involves something unsettling, and something we aren’t really […]

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How to be an Elephant

  I have read about female elephants. How when one is giving birth or is injured, the others rally around her and protect her from anything that might bring her harm. They form a circle around her and provide protection from the outside world, they celebrate the new life and they help her to take […]

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Practicing Self Care When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time or Money

When I first started reading about the importance of self care among mothers, I was thrilled. Women spending more time focusing on themselves and taking care of themselves? I’m all for it. But then I started reading some examples of how mothers were practicing self care and I became discouraged. Not because what was working […]

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Teens and Technology: Setting Healthy Smartphone and Social Media Boundaries

Today’s parents of teenagers are faced with a challenge unique to our generation. We didn’t grow up with smartphones or tablets, and social media is not even two decades old. We are only now beginning to realize the longterm effects of this technology on our culture, personal mental health, productivity and families. In fact, many […]

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Normalizing Postpartum Anxiety

Every woman faces her own unique challenges in adjusting to motherhood. Some do it with such perceived ease and joy that others say, “She was born to be a mother.” Others, like me, do it with a nagging voice of dread in her head, thousands of questions, often desperately googled, and wondering if they’ll ever […]

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Anticipatory Grief and the Special Needs Parent

Being a parent to children with disabilities comes with its challenges. There are various therapies, medical appointments, insurance battles, and endless piles of paperwork. These things are expected and have become a routine part of everyday life. What is difficult are the unexpected challenges and emotions that accompany the life of parenting a child whose […]

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